clot

1 of 2

noun

1
: a portion of a substance adhering together in a thick nondescript mass (as of clay or gum)
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

clotted; clotting

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Doctors removed the clot and inserted a stent in a Tuesday morning surgery, the release stated. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 This bleeding includes the passage of clots and fetal tissue. Melissa Willets, Parents, 26 June 2024
Verb
But consuming more xylitol as a sugar substitute in food or drinks could be increasing any baseline risk people already have for clotting in the blood. Alice Park, TIME, 6 June 2024 Reducing clotting activity is a key treatment used by cardiologists, so any additional clotting in platelets is a bad sign, said Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for clot 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Clot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clot. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

clot

1 of 2 noun
: a mass or lump made by a liquid (as blood) that thickens and sticks together

clot

2 of 2 verb
clotted; clotting
: to become or cause to become a clot : form clots

Medical Definition

clot

1 of 2 noun
: a coagulated mass produced by clotting of blood

clot

2 of 2 verb
clotted; clotting

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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