agglutination

[ uh-gloot-n-ey-shuh n ]
/ əˌglut nˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of uniting by glue or other tenacious substance.
the state of being thus united; adhesion of parts.
that which is united; a mass or group cemented together.
Immunology. the clumping of bacteria, red blood cells, or other cells, due to the introduction of an antibody.
Linguistics. a process of word formation in which morphemes, each having one relatively constant shape, are combined without fusion or morphophonemic change, and in which each grammatical category is typically represented by a single morpheme in the resulting word, especially such a process involving the addition of one or more affixes to a base, as in Turkish, in which ev means “house,” ev-den means “from a house,” and ev-ler-den means “from houses.”

Nearby words

  1. aggiornamento,
  2. agglomerate,
  3. agglomeration,
  4. agglutinant,
  5. agglutinate,
  6. agglutination test,
  7. agglutinative,
  8. agglutinin,
  9. agglutinogen,
  10. agglutinophilic

Origin of agglutination

First recorded in 1535–45; agglutinate + -ion

Related formsan·ti·ag·glu·ti·na·tion, adjectivein·ter·ag·glu·ti·na·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for agglutination

agglutination

/ (əˌɡluːtɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for agglutination

agglutination

n.

1540s, from Latin agglutinationem (nominative agglutinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of agglutinare "fasten with glue," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + glutinare "to glue," from gluten "glue," from PIE *glei- (see glue (n.)). Philological sense first recorded 1650s, in agglutinative.

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Medicine definitions for agglutination

agglutination

[ ə-glōōt′n-āshən ]

n.

The act or process of agglutinating.
The clumping together of red blood cells or bacteria, usually in response to a particular antibody.
A clumped mass of material formed by agglutination.agglutinate
Adhesion of wound surfaces in healing.

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Science definitions for agglutination

agglutination

[ ə-glōōt′n-āshən ]

The clumping together of biologic material, such as red blood cells or bacteria, that is suspended in liquid, usually in response to a particular antibody.
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