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[juh-lat-n-ahyz, jel-uh-tn-]
verb (used with object), ge·lat·i·nized, ge·lat·i·niz·ing.
  1. to make gelatinous.
  2. to coat with gelatin, as paper.
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verb (used without object), ge·lat·i·nized, ge·lat·i·niz·ing.
  1. to become gelatinous.
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Also gelatinate; especially British, ge·lat·i·nise.

Origin of gelatinize

First recorded in 1800–10; gelatin + -ize
Related formsge·lat·i·ni·za·tion, nounge·lat·i·niz·er, nounnon·ge·lat·i·niz·ing, adjectivesub·ge·lat·i·ni·za·tion, nounun·ge·lat·i·nized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gelatinization

Historical Examples of gelatinization

  • This is the volva and is formed by the gelatinization of the outer layer of threads which compose it.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

    George Francis Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for gelatinization



  1. to make or become gelatinous
  2. (tr) photog to coat (glass, paper, etc) with gelatine
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Derived Formsgelatinization or gelatinisation, noungelatinizer or gelatiniser, noun
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gelatinization in Medicine


(jə-lătn-īz′, jĕlə-tn-īz′)
  1. To convert into gelatin.
  2. To become gelatinous.
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