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

The longtime star, 78, had taken some time off from the show earlier in the year to undergo surgery for blood clots on his brain. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Alex Trebek Won’t Be Retiring From ‘Jeopardy!’ Anytime Soon," 1 Nov. 2018 The outfit is, in part, designed to help Williams, who has a history of blood clots, improve circulation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Watch: Serena Williams calls out sexism in tennis after US Open loss," 9 Sep. 2018 Trebek, who has hosted the trivia show for more than 33 years, was treated for blood clots on the brain — called a subdural hematoma — in late December after a fall in October. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Alex Trebek on Brain Surgery: 'The prognosis is excellent'," 5 Jan. 2018 Several Twitter users pointed out that this pair could be compression tights—a type of footwear she's worn numerous times in the past to prevent blood clots. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Wore a Lavender Tutu and Fishnets to Win Her Second U.S. Open Match," 30 Aug. 2018 Authorities say Gordon died in an Atlanta hospital of a blood clot in her lung a few days after the procedure in 2012. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Woman convicted in fatal buttocks-injection procedure dies in prison," 16 Jan. 2018 About 700,000 Americans have strokes caused by clots each year. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal," 28 Nov. 2018 According to the American Stroke Association, a transient ischemic attack is a temporary blockage of blood to the brain, caused by a clot or blockage and is sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke or warning stroke. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Alabama governor disputes assertion she had mini-stroke," 16 Oct. 2018 This caused a blood clot to form in the left side of his brain. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The results of blood work taken during a routine physical showed that Park's platelets (cells that help clot the blood) were very low. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Bosch's Linda Park on What It's Really Like to Live With Lupus," 31 July 2017 The robust literature of death and dying is clotted with our clichés. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye," 26 June 2018 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

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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

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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