- to thicken, as by evaporation; make or become dense.
Origin of inspissate
1620–30; < Late Latin inspissātus past participle of inspissāre to thicken, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + spissā(re) to thicken (derivative of spissus thick) + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for inspissatewiden, buttress, condense, clot, reinforce, petrify, jell, enlarge, ossify, add, congeal, swell, deepen, coagulate, freeze, expand, stiffen, curdle, jelly, harden
- archaic to thicken, as by evaporation
Word Origin for inspissate
C17: from Late Latin inspissātus thickened, from Latin spissāre to thicken, from spissus thick
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Word Origin and History for inspissate
1620s, from Late Latin inspissatus, past participle of inspissare, from in- + spissare "to thicken," related to spissus "thick" (see spissitude). Related: Inspissated; inspissating.
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- To undergo thickening or cause to thicken, as by evaporation or the absorption of fluid.
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