agglutinate

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

Definition of agglutinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun
ag·​glu·​ti·​nate | \ ə-ˈglü-tə-nət How to pronounce agglutinate (audio) , -tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio) \

Definition of agglutinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a clump of agglutinated material (such as blood cells or mineral particles in soil)

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These agglutinates accumulate over time and can make up 60 to 70 percent of mature regolith samples. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of agglutinate

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agglutinate

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

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agglutinate

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

Medical Definition of agglutinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo agglutination

intransitive verb

: to undergo agglutination

agglutinate

noun
ag·​glu·​ti·​nate | \ -ᵊn-ət, -ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce agglutinate (audio) \

Medical Definition of agglutinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a clump of agglutinated material (as blood cells or bacteria)

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