agglutination

noun

ag·​glu·​ti·​na·​tion ə-ˌglü-tə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce agglutination (audio)
1
: the action or process of agglutinating
2
: a mass or group formed by the union of separate elements
3
: the formation of derivational or inflectional words by putting together constituents of which each expresses a single definite meaning
4
: a reaction in which particles (such as red blood cells or bacteria) suspended in a liquid collect into clumps and which occurs especially as a serologic response to a specific antibody

Examples of agglutination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the patient is already infected with Proteus, then the same agglutination will occur when the Weil-Felix test is administered, and the patient will naturally test positive. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2016 Some of these agglutinations have a satisfying outlandishness about them: That smooching pair, for example, are wearing huge masks from the Bamana people of West Africa on their heads. Jason Farago, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Late Latin agglūtinātiōn-, agglūtinātiō, from Latin agglūtināre "to agglutinate entry 1" + -tiōn-, tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of agglutination was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Agglutination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agglutination. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

agglutination

noun
ag·​glu·​ti·​na·​tion ə-ˌglüt-ᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce agglutination (audio)
1
: the action or process of agglutinating
2
: a mass or group formed by the union of separate elements
3
: a reaction in which particles (as red blood cells or bacteria) suspended in a liquid collect into clumps usually as a response to a specific antibody
agglutinative
-ˈglüt-ᵊn-ˌāt-iv
-ət-
adjective

Medical Definition

agglutination

noun
ag·​glu·​ti·​na·​tion ə-ˌglüt-ᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce agglutination (audio)
: a reaction in which particles (as red blood cells or bacteria) suspended in a liquid collect into clumps and which occurs especially as a serological response to a specific antibody

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