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verb (used with or without object), in·spis·sat·ed, in·spis·sat·ing.
  1. to thicken, as by evaporation; make or become dense.
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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
Related formsin·spis·sa·tion, nounin·spis·sa·tor, nounnon·in·spis·sat·ing, adjectiveun·in·spis·sat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for inspissate

widen, buttress, condense, clot, reinforce, petrify, jell, enlarge, ossify, add, congeal, swell, deepen, coagulate, freeze, expand, stiffen, curdle, jelly, harden

British Dictionary definitions for inspissate


  1. archaic to thicken, as by evaporation
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Derived Formsinspissation, nouninspissator, noun

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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inspissate in Medicine


(ĭn-spĭsāt′, ĭnspĭ-sāt′)
  1. To undergo thickening or cause to thicken, as by evaporation or the absorption of fluid.
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Related formsin′spis•sation n.
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