coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late | \kō-ˈa-gyə-ˌlāt \
coagulated; coagulating

Definition of coagulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become viscous or thickened into a coherent mass : curdle, clot

2 : to gather together or form into a mass or group

coagulate

adjective
co·​ag·​u·​late | \kō-ˈa-gyə-lət, -ˌlāt\

Definition of coagulate (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

: being clotted or congealed

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Other Words from coagulate

Verb

coagulability \ kō-​ˌa-​gyə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
coagulable \ -​ˈa-​gyə-​lə-​bəl \ adjective
coagulation \ -​ˈlā-​shən \ noun

Synonyms for coagulate

Synonyms: Verb

clot, congeal, gel, gelate, gelatinize, jell, jelly, set

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Examples of coagulate in a Sentence

Verb

The eggs coagulate when heated. The medicine helps coagulate blood.

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For instance, some hereditary blood disorders can cause thrombophilia, a condition in which the blood doesn't coagulate properly. Korin Miller, SELF, "Updated: These Twins Both Had Miscarriages, Were Pregnant at the Same Time, and Just had Babies on the Same Day," 20 Sep. 2018 Together, the headlines coagulated into something like truth, though neither party ever acknowledged the rumors or commented. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Brad Pitt’s “Professional Friendship” Partner Neri Oxman Spotted in Paris with Her Rumored Billionaire Boyfriend," 14 June 2018 The Cultures for Health version is microbial in origin, serving as an animal-free product that is equally able to coagulate the proteins in milk. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 For instance, some hereditary blood disorders can cause thrombophilia, a condition in which the blood doesn't coagulate properly. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Twins Both Had Miscarriages—and Now They're Pregnant Together," 2 Apr. 2018 But after a few hours, a narrative thread began to coagulate. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Lost Book by Where the Wild Things Are Author Maurice Sendak Discovered," 12 July 2017 Traditionally the chicken is poached in a mob of ginger, and might land at the table accompanied by sides of its gizzards and coagulated blood. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Thai Cuisine With an Added Touch of Whimsy," 14 Dec. 2017 Nielsen has tested it on rabbit blood, which coagulates similarly to humans. Kara Carlson, The Seattle Times, "New drug could stall deadly symptoms of rattlesnake bite," 8 Dec. 2017 Thirty-nine percent believed that black people’s blood coagulated faster than white people’s; 20 percent said that black people’s nerve endings were less sensitive than whites’; 58 percent believed that blacks had thicker skin. Alice Robb, The Cut, "Too Many Doctors Still Believe Dangerous Racial Stereotypes," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of coagulate

Verb

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coagulate

Verb

Latin coagulatus, past participle of coagulare to curdle, from coagulum curdling agent, from cogere to drive together — more at cogent

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coagulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coagulate

: to become thick and partly solid

coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late | \kō-ˈa-gyə-ˌlāt \
coagulated; coagulating

Kids Definition of coagulate

: to gather into a thick compact mass : clot The blood coagulated.

coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late | \kō-ˈag-yə-ˌlāt \
coagulated; coagulating

Medical Definition of coagulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become viscous or thickened into a coherent mass : clot blood platelets that coagulate blood— Sonni Efron rennin coagulates milk

2 : to subject to coagulation high-frequency radio waves used to cut and coagulate tissue— Alan Goldstein

intransitive verb

: to become coagulated : undergo coagulation

Other Words from coagulate

coagulability \ kō-​ˌag-​yə-​lə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē \ noun
coagulable \ -​ˈag-​yə-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

coagulate

noun
co·​ag·​u·​late | \-lət, -ˌlāt \

Medical Definition of coagulate (Entry 2 of 2)

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