coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late | \ kō-ˈa-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce coagulate (audio) , -ˌlāt \

Definition of coagulate (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: being clotted or congealed

Other Words from coagulate

Verb

coagulability \ kō-​ˌa-​gyə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \ noun
coagulable \ kō-​ˈa-​gyə-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for coagulate

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of coagulate in a Sentence

Verb The eggs coagulate when heated. The medicine helps coagulate blood.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Galleries tend to coagulate around other galleries, maximizing foot traffic. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 In the early 2000s, the Washington Aqueduct came under fire again for releasing high amounts of alum, a substance used to coagulate sediments to filter them from the water, into the Potomac River. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2022 Once eggs begin to coagulate, be very careful not to overcook. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 Solid fat renders and drips out, water evaporates and flies off into the atmosphere, and proteins coagulate and contract. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Leaders have had to coagulate disparate team members working at home in isolation from each other into a powerful collaborative team. Greg Story, Forbes, 24 May 2021 On its first album of new material in 10 years, Evanescence continues to own the space where frosty electronic currents collide with volcanic surges of metal catharsis and coagulate into hard rock candy. Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Traditionally, milk is heated, mixed with probiotic cultures and rennet to coagulate, drained of its whey, sprinkled with salt, brined and then aged in barrels, tins or baskets for at least two months. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 This eddy was dangerous; blood cells that hang around together tend to coagulate, creating clots that can cause strokes. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of coagulate was in the 14th century

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30 Jul 2022

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coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late | \ kō-ˈa-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \ noun
coagulable \ -​ˈag-​yə-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \ adjective

coagulate

noun
co·​ag·​u·​late | \ -lət How to pronounce coagulate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio) \

Medical Definition of coagulate (Entry 2 of 2)

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