clot

noun
\ˈklät \

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

Passengers with a range of health concerns and medical conditions, including a history of blood clots, need room to move and stretch in their seats. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FAA Says It Won't Regulate Seat Size Or Legroom Despite Consumer Safety Concerns," 5 July 2018 Friends, Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in both arms and unfortunately cannot perform until cleared to do so by his medical team. Isaac Feldberg, EW.com, "Blink 182's Travis Barker cannot perform due to blood clots in arms," 16 June 2018 But in February, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, and developed a blood clot in his lungs. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "He had 2 heart transplants. At 43, as a new dad, he needed a third," 13 June 2018 Blood flow to vital organs will become impaired, causing blood clots in the brain, heart and kidneys and overall tissue failure. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "What Is Sepsis? The Frightening Condition That Killed Chicago Fire Actress DuShon Monique Brown," 31 May 2018 In 2008, a woman fell out of her chair in a Brooklyn emergency department and died of a blood clot after waiting nearly 24 hours for a psychiatric bed. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "Suicidal? Be prepared to wait for care.," 19 May 2018 His death was confirmed by his spouse, Allan Glaser, who said the cause was cardiac arrest after a blood clot moved from Mr. Hunter’s leg to his lung. Aljean Harmetz, BostonGlobe.com, "Tab Hunter, 86, Hollywood heartthrob in 1950s," 10 July 2018 Williams, who had a baby girl by C-section in September, faced life-threatening complications from a blood clot afterward and is still getting back to pre-baby shape. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "Serena Williams launches fashion line for “strong, sexy, sassy” women," 30 May 2018 And a few years after that, blood thinners used to treat a clot caused the tumors to hemorrhage. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: See why Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is so resilient, optimistic," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My blood, unable to clot, wept from the puncture wounds on my ankle, and bruising, a sign of internal hemorrhaging, had bloomed to above my knee. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 But at this time of year, also consider a bowl of strawberries, piled extravagantly high (more is always more in these instances), and served with clotted cream. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 Your mind and body need to be free of toxins, otherwise the energy in your body will clot. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "What India's Traditional Yoga Teachers Want You to Know for the International Day of Yoga," 20 June 2018 But get bitten by the same species in the mountains of the same county and your blood will clot. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 The researchers showed that the nanorobots only targeted the tumors and didn’t cause clotting elsewhere in the body. NBC News, "These tiny robots could be disease-fighting machines inside the body," 30 Mar. 2018 While rattlesnake bites are not necessarily fatal, venom is harmful to the nervous system and can cause blood to clot, leading to heart attack or stroke. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Kayaker hospitalized after rattlesnake falls from a tree and bites him," 22 May 2018 Having a clotting disorder Some bleeding disorders, like hemophilia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), cause your blood to not clot enough. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Things That Can Raise Your Risk of Blood Clots," 27 Jan. 2018 So grab your hat (or fascinator), pour a cup of coffee (or tea), and slather a scone with lemon curd or clotted cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 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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closure

clot

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clot-buster

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Phrases Related to clot

blood clot

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More Definitions for clot

clot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \

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 \

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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