Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause transformation of (a liquid or sol, for example) into or as if into a soft, semisolid, or solid mass.
  • intransitive v. To become coagulated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mass formed by means of coagulation.
  • v. To become congealed; to convert from a liquid to a semisolid mass.
  • v. To cause to congeal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coagulated.
  • intransitive v. To undergo coagulation.
  • transitive v. To cause (a liquid) to change into a curdlike or semisolid state, not by evaporation but by some kind of chemical reaction; to curdle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To curdle; congeal; clot; change from a fluid into a curd-like or thickened mass: as, to coagulate blood; rennet coagulates milk.
  • To crystallize.
  • To curdle or become clotted; congeal or become congealed.
  • To become crystallized.
  • Coagulated; curdled; clotted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. transformed from a liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass
  • v. cause to change from a liquid to a solid or thickened state
  • v. change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state

Etymologies

Middle English coagulaten, from Latin coāgulāre, coāgulāt-, from coāgulum, coagulator; see coagulum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin coāgulō ("I curdle"), from coāgulum ("a means of curdling, rennet"), from cōgō ("bring together, gather, collect"), from co- ("together") + agō ("do, make, drive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For tender, succulent results, egg dishes should be cooked only just to the temperature at which their proteins coagulate, which is always well below the boiling point, 212°F/100°C.

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  • Particles that are much smaller than a micron in fact tend to "coagulate," i.e. cling together when they bump into one another, so sub-micron particles don't last long in the air.

    Running Out of Room at the Bottom

  • I've read that oil in the ocean does coagulate in globules that are tough on the outside but the interiors are still wet with gooey oil and the globules when washed ashore spoil beaches just like an oil slick washing ashore.

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  • Bev, did you re-coagulate the revert setting to the position of the geometric trade-off concurrent with the linear approach to the more telepathic scenarios shored up along the meter housing unit with the herpetic cable doctrine situated near, but not in-line with, the I-NOUNDERSTAND Y. O.U.123?

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  • A procedure in which radio waves are used to seal (coagulate) the blood supply from umbilical arteries and veins to a non-viable, parasitic twin.

    Glossary

  • Children's Hospital is one of a handful of hospitals worldwide that performs fetoscopic laser ablation, a procedure to find and coagulate the interconnecting blood vessels of fetuses with TTTS.

    TTTS — Dicus

  • The blood on the glass walls of the chamber flows to the floor to puddle while the pink mists of blood in the chamber slowly coagulate and drop to the floor, drawn by gravity.

    The Temptress

  • The trick, according to food science god Harold McGee, is "heat the egg yolks enough to obtain the desired thickness, but not so much that the yolk proteins coagulate into little solid curds and the sauce separates".

    How to make perfect hollandaise sauce

  • And if you let the water get up to the boil then the temperature is 212 degrees, usually you want to cook protein-rich foods only to about 150, that's when they coagulate and form that solid superstructure that retains the moisture.

    Harold McGee's 'Keys To Good Cooking' For Chefs

  • And getting my son to his preschool, and the 16,000 events that coagulate around the holiday time for him.

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