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


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.”

Origin of agglutination

First recorded in 1535–45; agglutinate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM agglutination

an·ti·ag·glu·ti·na·tion, adjectivein·ter·ag·glu·ti·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for agglutination

/ (əˌɡluːtɪˈneɪʃən) /


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Medical definitions for agglutination

[ ə-glōōt′n-āshən ]


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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Scientific definitions for 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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