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 The kind of clot that could lodge inside a placenta, or block the blood flow in the lungs of a man with cancer. Sarah Stewart Johnson, The New Yorker, "A Scientist’s Reckoning with the Cruelty of Chance," 4 Oct. 2020 But the next morning, Allen received a call from a physician assistant: an ultrasound had revealed a blood clot in one of Stephens’s lungs. Billy Witz, New York Times, "College Football’s Worst Fear in the Pandemic: The Death of a Player," 23 Sep. 2020 Stephens died on September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after contracting the virus, his family revealed in an interview with CBS News. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Appalachian State College Student, 19, Described as 'Super Healthy,' Dies of Covid—Here's How That Can Happen," 1 Oct. 2020 In just the past two months, the 27-year-old basketball player Michael Ojo died from a heart attack during a practice, while the 20-year-old football player Jamain Stephens Jr. died from a blood clot in his heart. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate," 21 Sep. 2020 Kelly needed thoracic outlet surgery after a blood clot in his shoulder was removed. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Calhoun, Peralta power Diamondbacks past Angels again, 9-6," 17 Sep. 2020 After several appointments with doctors who dismissed her, O’Brien eventually received a CT scan that showed a small clot in her lung. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah coronavirus patients experiencing long-term effects from the virus," 6 Sep. 2020 The next day, she was hospitalized for a blood clot in her lungs. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Paramedics told a 33-year-old pregnant woman she was having a panic attack. Then she died," 2 Sep. 2020 Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on Aug. 10 at New Delhi's Army Hospital Research and Referral after suffering a fall. Fox News, "Pranab Mukherjee, former Indian president, dead at 84," 31 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Low blood oxygen caused by pneumonia can make the blood more likely to clot, the researchers said. Maggie Fox, CNN, "How coronavirus affects the entire body," 10 July 2020 His arterial line began to clot, suggesting coagulation problems that have been a hallmark of the disease. Tarena Lofton, CNN, "'Healthy' teenager who took precautions died suddenly of Covid-19," 19 June 2020 Weeds and tall grass clotted the site as deer and wild turkey roamed the grounds. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 Recreate the experience at home with jam, clotted cream, scones, and of course, a hot pot of tea. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "How to Transform Your Home Into a Hotel Fit for a Queen This Mother's Day," 2 May 2020 The trailing point blade profile cleaves breasts with ease, and the G10 scales set into a machined stainless steel handle afford a sure grip when your other hand is clotted in pin feathers and blood. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 But sometimes, blood can clot abnormally and not dissolve properly—in that case, the clot can travel through blood vessels in the body up to the brain, heart, or lungs, and cause serious damage by blocking blood flow. Leah Groth, Health.com, "COVID-19 Is Causing Blood Clots and Strokes in Some Patients—but Doctors Don't Know Why," 27 Apr. 2020 The school sits off of 42nd Street and Mitthoeffer Road, surrounded by a clump of gas stations and roads clotted with potholes. Caroline Anders, Indianapolis Star, "6 gunshots, 5 surgeries, weeks of rehab: An Indianapolis teen struggles to return to class," 9 Mar. 2020 Blood plasma is the liquid part of blood that carries blood cells, clotting agents, oxygen, and other key components—including antibodies. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "If you’ve recovered from Covid-19, here’s one way you might be able to help others," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of clot was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clot. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for clot

clot

noun
How to pronounce clot (audio)

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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