agglutinate

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verb

ag·​glu·​ti·​nate ə-ˈglü-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio)
agglutinated; agglutinating

transitive verb

1
: to cause to adhere : fasten
2
: to combine into a compound : attach to a base as an affix
3
: to cause to undergo agglutination

intransitive verb

1
: to unite or combine into a group or mass
2
: to form words by agglutination

agglutinate

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noun

ag·​glu·​ti·​nate ə-ˈglü-tə-nət How to pronounce agglutinate (audio) -tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio)
: a clump of agglutinated material (such as blood cells or mineral particles in soil)

Example Sentences

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Noun
These agglutinates accumulate over time and can make up 60 to 70 percent of mature regolith samples. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, 2 July 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

borrowed from Latin agglūtinātus, past participle of agglūtināre "to cause to adhere, stick or glue on," from ad- ad- + glūtināre "to glue or stick together," verbal derivative of glūtin-, glūten "glue, paste" — more at clay

Noun

derivative of agglutinate "joined as if with glue," borrowed from Latin agglūtinātus, past participle of agglūtināre "to cause to adhere, stick or glue on" — more at agglutinate entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agglutinate was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Agglutinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agglutinate. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

agglutinate

verb

ag·​glu·​ti·​nate
ə-ˈglüt-ᵊn-āt
agglutinated; agglutinating
1
: to cause to stick : fasten
2
: to cause to clump or experience agglutination
3
: to unite into a group or gather into a mass

Medical Definition

agglutinate 1 of 2

verb

ag·​glu·​ti·​nate -ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio)
agglutinated; agglutinating

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo agglutination

intransitive verb

: to undergo agglutination

agglutinate

2 of 2

noun

ag·​glu·​ti·​nate -ᵊn-ət, -ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio)
: a clump of agglutinated material (as blood cells or bacteria)

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