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[juh-lat-n-uh s]
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  1. having the nature of or resembling jelly, especially in consistency; jellylike.
  2. pertaining to, containing, or consisting of gelatin.
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Origin of gelatinous

First recorded in 1715–25; gelatin + -ous
Related formsge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbge·lat·i·nous·ness, gel·a·tin·i·ty [jel-uh-tin-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛl əˈtɪn ɪ ti/, nounnon·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectivenon·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbnon·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, nounsub·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectivesub·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbsub·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, nounun·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectiveun·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbun·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gelatinous


  1. consisting of or resembling jelly; viscous
  2. of, containing, or resembling gelatine
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Derived Formsgelatinously, adverbgelatinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gelatinous


1724, from gelatin + -ous; probably modeled on French gélatineux. Related: Gelatinously; gelatinousness.

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gelatinous in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or containing gelatin.
  2. Resembling gelatin; viscous.
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