coagulate

[ verb koh-ag-yuh-leyt; adjective koh-ag-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb koʊˈæg yəˌleɪt; adjective koʊˈæg yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

verb (used with or without object), co·ag·u·lat·ed, co·ag·u·lat·ing.

to change from a fluid into a thickened mass; curdle; congeal: Let the pudding stand two hours until it coagulates.
Biology. (of blood) to form a clot.
Physical Chemistry. (of colloidal particles) to flocculate or cause to flocculate by adding an electrolyte to an electrostatic colloid.

adjective

Obsolete. coagulated.

Origin of coagulate

1350–1400 for earlier past participle senses “solidified, clotted,” 1605–15 for def 1; Middle English < Latin coāgulāt(us) (past participle of coāgulāre), equivalent to coāgul(um) coagulum + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for coagulate

coagulate


verb (kəʊˈæɡjʊˌleɪt)

to cause (a fluid, such as blood) to change into a soft semisolid mass or (of such a fluid) to change into such a mass; clot; curdle
chem to separate or cause to separate into distinct constituent phases

noun (kəʊˈæɡjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

the solid or semisolid substance produced by coagulation

Derived Forms

coagulable, adjectivecoagulability, nouncoagulation, nouncoagulative (kəʊˈæɡjʊlətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for coagulate

C16: from Latin coāgulāre to make (a liquid) curdle, from coāgulum rennet, from cōgere to drive together
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Medicine definitions for coagulate

coagulate

[ kō-ăgyə-lāt′ ]

v.

To change from the liquid state to a solid or gel; clot.

Related forms

co•ag′u•la•bili•ty n.co•agu•la′tor n.
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