ge·​la·​ti·​ni·​za·​tion jə-ˌla-tə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce gelatinization (audio) ˌje-lə-tə- How to pronounce gelatinization (audio)
: the process of converting into a gelatinous form or into a jelly

Examples of gelatinization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This process is called gelatinization. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 This process is known as gelatinization. Science Buddies, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2012 Finally, starch gelatinization occurs, a chemical process that governs textural changes, so one's well-prepared spaghetti is al dente. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 At room temperature, gelatinization does not occur. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gelatinization was in 1843

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“Gelatinization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or British gelatinisation
: the process of converting into a gelatinous form or into a jelly
gelatinize verb
gelatinized or British gelatinised; gelatinizing or British gelatinising

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