Friday, March 20, 2009

Coagulate

Suggested by Karen R.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1. to change from a fluid into a thickened mass; curdle; congeal
2. biology. (of blood) to form a clot
3. physical chemistry. (of colloidal particles) to flocculate or cause to flocculate by adding an electrolyte to an electrostatic colloid

Examples:
"My friend left out the milk for so long it coagulated."
"You have to wait for the jello to coagulate before you eat it."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"early 15c., from Latin coagulatus, past participle of coagulare 'to cause to curdle,' from cogere 'to curdle, collect' (see cogent). Earlier coagule, c.1400, from Middle French coaguler."

Awkwardness rating: 4

Delicious coagulation. (momontimeout.com)

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