clot

noun
\ ˈklät How to pronounce clot (audio) \

Definition of clot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portion of a substance adhering together in a thick nondescript mass (as of clay or gum)
2a : a roundish viscous lump formed by coagulation of a portion of liquid or by melting
b : a coagulated mass produced by clotting of blood
3 British : blockhead
4 : cluster, group a clot of spectators

clot

verb
clotted; clotting

Definition of clot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to become a clot : form clots
2 : to undergo a sequence of complex chemical and physical reactions that results in conversion of fluid blood into a coagulated mass : coagulate

transitive verb

1 : to cause to form into or as if into a clot
2 : to fill with clots also : clog clotted streets

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Examples of clot in a Sentence

Noun

We were told that his stroke was caused by a clot in his brain. a clot of daisies occupied one corner of the flower bed

Verb

medications that prevent blood from clotting substances that help to clot blood
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Oberg had a procedure to dissolve the clot at a hospital on Saturday and stayed overnight, manager Bud Black said. Michael Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Yamamoto gets career-high nine strikeouts but Rockies rally to get walk-off win, sweep of Marlins," 19 Aug. 2019 During one of the operations, clots formed in Safa's neck veins causing the girls to bleed, the Guardian reported. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Twins conjoined at head separated after 50 hours of surgery in London, doctors say," 16 July 2019 Another member of the stroke team, Dr. Aaron Bress, removed the clot. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Stroke survivors of all ages celebrate and thrive at gathering in Fountain Valley," 6 June 2019 The tennis pro chose to wear a Nike catsuit for her match against Czechia’s Kristyna Pliskova, a compression garment that helped fight off the blood clots Williams was experiencing at the time, having recently given birth to her daughter, Alexis. Vogue, "Serena Williams’s Custom Off-White Outfit at the French Open Sent a Message," 27 May 2019 The built-in pain relief also gets patients on their feet faster, jumpstarting recoveries, and curbing the risk of blood clots (more on that ahead). Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 With a large enough blood clot, the distribution of oxygen to one’s blood stream is blocked. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriots’ David Andrews seems likely to miss season after blood clot scare," 27 Aug. 2019 With closer Scott Oberg‘s season officially ending Monday when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list because of a blood clot in his right arm, the Rockies are looking for a ninth-inning pitcher to close out the season. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Closer, Kyle Freeland’s progress top Rockies’ watch list for rest of season," 20 Aug. 2019 Rockies: RHP Oberg was placed on the 10-day injured list with a blood clot in his right arm. Michael Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Yamamoto gets career-high nine strikeouts but Rockies rally to get walk-off win, sweep of Marlins," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to suffering from heart disease, her blood pooled and clotted because no one moved her. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Son charged with cruelty after neglect of dying mother in North Canaan, state police say," 17 Sep. 2019 That oversupply of unreliable words, clotting the discourse, feels awfully familiar, even if today most of them come at us electronically. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In Central Park, a ‘Much Ado’ About Something Big," 11 June 2019 And, recently, getting a medical procedure to fix the access site for her needles, which had clotted with blood. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump wants more kidney patients on home dialysis; here’s the reality of what it’s like," 25 Aug. 2019 Since the 1980s, the French Room has been serving tea sandwiches along with scones, jams, clotted cream and desserts. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Calcium allows your blood to clot and your muscles to contract in addition to keeping your bones healthy. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Taking Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Together Could Increase Your Risk of Having a Stroke," 9 July 2019 When a flea bites into flesh, the body responds by clotting blood to prevent bleeding and promote healing. Quanta Magazine, "The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death," 6 Oct. 2015 Her platelets — clotting cells within the blood — were dwindling. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Save a life in the next few days. Red Cross asks for blood platelet donations amid Chicago shortage.," 26 June 2019 Experts aren’t totally sure why higher levels of estrogen may help with breakthrough bleeding, but one theory is that the hormone may help blood to clot better. Korin Miller, SELF, "Spotting on Birth Control? Here’s Why (and When to See a Doctor)," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of clot

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for clot

Noun

Middle English, from Old English clott; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, ball — more at clout

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clot-buster

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clot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British, informal : a stupid person

clot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become thick and partly solid : to develop clots

clot

noun
\ ˈklät How to pronounce clot (audio) \

Kids Definition of clot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lump made by some substance getting thicker and sticking together a blood clot

clot

verb
clotted; clotting

Kids Definition of clot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become thick and partly solid

clot

noun
\ ˈklät How to pronounce clot (audio) \

Medical Definition of clot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a coagulated mass produced by clotting of blood

clot

verb
clotted; clotting

Medical Definition of clot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to undergo a sequence of complex chemical and physical reactions that results in conversion of fluid blood into a coagulum and that involves shedding of blood, release of thromboplastin from blood platelets and injured tissues, inactivation of heparin by thromboplastin permitting calcium ions of the plasma to convert prothrombin to thrombin, interaction of thrombin with fibrinogen to form an insoluble fibrin network in which blood cells and plasma are trapped, and contraction of the network to squeeze out excess fluid : coagulate

transitive verb

: to cause to form into or as if into a clot

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