[verb koh-ag-yuh-leyt; adjective koh-ag-yuh-lit, -leyt]
- 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.
- Obsolete. coagulated.
Origin of coagulate
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1. clot, set, solidify, thicken.
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- 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
- the solid or semisolid substance produced by coagulation
C16: from Latin coāgulāre to make (a liquid) curdle, from coāgulum rennet, from cōgere to drive together
Word Origin and History for coagulative
early 15c., from Latin coagulatus, past participle of coagulare "to cause to curdle," from cogere "to curdle, collect" (see cogent). Earlier coagule, c.1400, from Middle French coaguler. Related: Coagulated; coagulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or being a coagulant.
- To change from the liquid state to a solid or gel; clot.
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