coagulate

1 of 2

verb

co·​ag·​u·​late kō-ˈa-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio)
coagulated; coagulating

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
coagulability noun
coagulable adjective

coagulate

2 of 2

adjective

co·​ag·​u·​late kō-ˈa-gyə-lət How to pronounce coagulate (audio)
-ˌlāt
archaic
: being clotted or congealed

Examples of coagulate in a Sentence

Verb The eggs coagulate when heated. The medicine helps coagulate blood.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Marie panics, her mother bursts inside to see what's going on… and Marie's blood suddenly coagulates into a sharp point and soars through the air, slitting her mother's throat. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2023 Then they are allowed to coagulate, before being pressed into shape. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 13 Oct. 2023 Scientists have proven the blood of salmon in pre-spawn phases coagulates almost immediately. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 Fish scientists agree the blood of a salmon in the pre-spawning phase coagulates almost instantaneously. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2023 Indeed, the show coagulated out of a broth of cooperation that had been simmering for more than a decade. Patrick Frater, Variety, 28 July 2023 The team that has coagulated around him is so strange and perfect. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2023 It is prepared by coagulating soy milk, then pressing the curds that are created into solid white blocks that come in a range of textures from silken, soft, and firm, to extra firm, and super firm. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2023 Exposed to air, the latex coagulated into a lump before being collected by tappers and sent to a processing plant. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 3 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near coagulate

Cite this Entry

“Coagulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coagulate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

coagulate

verb
co·​ag·​u·​late
kō-ˈag-yə-ˌlāt
coagulated; coagulating
: to become or cause to become thickened into a compact mass : clot
coagulation
kō-ˌag-yə-ˈlā-shən
noun
Etymology

Verb

from Latin coagulatus, past participle of coagulare "to curdle," derived from cogere "to drive together" — related to quail entry 2

Medical Definition

coagulate

1 of 2 verb
co·​ag·​u·​late kō-ˈag-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio)
coagulated; coagulating

transitive verb

1
: to cause to become viscous or thickened into a coherent mass : clot
blood platelets that coagulate bloodSonni Efron
rennin coagulates milk
2
: to subject to coagulation
high-frequency radio waves used to cut and coagulate tissueAlan Goldstein

intransitive verb

: to become coagulated : undergo coagulation
coagulability noun
coagulable adjective

coagulate

2 of 2 noun
co·​ag·​u·​late -lət How to pronounce coagulate (audio) -ˌlāt How to pronounce coagulate (audio)

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