coalesce

[ koh-uh-les ]
/ ˌkoʊ əˈlɛs /

verb (used without object), co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing.

to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one.
to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.: The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
to blend or come together: Their ideas coalesced into one theory.

verb (used with object), co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing.

to cause to unite in one body or mass.

Origin of coalesce

1535–45; < Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere to nourish, make grow) + -ēscere -esce

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British Dictionary definitions for coalescence

coalesce

/ (ˌkəʊəˈlɛs) /

verb

(intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend

Derived Forms

coalescence, nouncoalescent, adjective

Word Origin for coalesce

C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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Medicine definitions for coalescence

coalescence

[ kō′ə-lĕsəns ]

n.

concrescence

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