verb (used with or without object), ag·glu·ti·nat·ed, ag·glu·ti·nat·ing.

  1. to unite or cause to adhere, as with glue.
  2. Immunology. to clump or cause to clump, as bacteria or blood platelets.
  3. Linguistics. to form by agglutination.


  1. united by or as by glue.
  2. agglutinative.

verb (əˈɡluːtɪˌneɪt)

  1. to adhere or cause to adhere, as with glue
  2. linguistics to combine or be combined by agglutination
  3. (tr) to cause (bacteria, red blood cells, etc) to clump together

adjective (əˈɡluːtɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

  1. united or stuck, as by glue

1580s (from 1540s as a past participle adjective), from Latin agglutinatus, past participle of agglutinare (see agglutination). Related: Agglutinated; agglutinating.


  1. To clump together; undergo agglutination.
  2. To cause substances, such as bacteria, to clump together.


  1. agglutination

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