coagulation

noun co·ag·u·la·tion \ kō-ˌa-gyə-ˈlā-shən \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of coagulation

: the process of becoming viscous or thickened into a coherent mass : the forming of clots (as in blood or cream) : the process of coagulating
  • … an incision is made on the skin of the forearm with a spring-loaded device, and the time to coagulation is measured.
  • —Lawrence L. K. Leung

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First Known Use of coagulation

14th century


Medical Dictionary

coagulation

noun co·ag·u·la·tion \ kō-ˌag-yə-ˈlā-shən \

medical Definition of coagulation

1 a : a change to a viscous, jellylike, or solid state; especially : a change from a liquid to a thickened curdlike state not by evaporation but by chemical reaction
  • the spontaneous coagulation of freshly drawn blood
  • the coagulation of milk by rennin
b : the process by which such change of state takes place consisting of the alteration of a soluble substance (as a protein) into an insoluble form or of the flocculation or separation of colloidal or suspended matter
2 : a substance or body formed by coagulation : coagulum
3 : disruption of tissue by physical means (as by application of an electric current) so that denaturation and clumping of protein occur
  • diathermic coagulation of tissues during surgery to seal bleeding blood vessels
— see electrocoagulation, photocoagulation

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