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noun (1)

ge·​la·​tion ji-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gelation (audio)
: the action or process of freezing


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noun (2)

gel·​ation ˌje-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gelation (audio)
: the formation of a gel from a sol

Examples of gelation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
When potatoes are heated, especially in the presence of water, those granules release the starch molecules, which absorb water and swell up (this is called gelation). Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

Latin gelation-, gelatio, from gelare

Noun (2)

gel entry 1 + -ation

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gelation was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Gelation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


gel·​ation je-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gelation (audio)
: the formation of a gel from a sol
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