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

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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 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, "New music reviews: Pharoah Sanders delivers trippy calm; Evanescence soars again," 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, "How to understand and use feta, star of TikTok’s viral pasta recipe," 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, "How to Build an Artificial Heart," 1 Mar. 2021 Blood vessels can get damaged and blood can coagulate. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk," 12 Nov. 2020 Then, at the very end of the procedure, the umbilical-cord vessels inexplicably began to coagulate. Sarah Stewart Johnson, The New Yorker, "A Scientist’s Reckoning with the Cruelty of Chance," 4 Oct. 2020 Skip's commute takes him along I-95 in Miami, where area lunatics coagulate in a traffic scrum that moves at either 0.8 mph or 105 mph. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Ezra Dyer: The Cadillac CT6 Takes the Wheel," 16 Aug. 2020 Click away, and pins coagulate, then split, then scatter again; the map begins to resemble an unwieldy constellation, constantly in flux. Nicole Blackwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the '60s and Beyond," 30 July 2020 The combined action of heat and acid helps some of the milk proteins to denature and coagulate to form a large white mass of cheese curds. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s adventures can be played out in the kitchen, with paneer," 9 July 2020

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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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coagulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coagulate

: to become thick and partly solid

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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