1. The act or process of agglutinating; adhesion of distinct parts.
2. A clumped mass of material formed by agglutination. Also called agglutinate.
3. Biology The clumping together of cells or particles, especially bacteria or red blood cells, usually in the presence of a specific antibody or other substance.
4. Linguistics The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process.
ag·gluti·na′tive (-n-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv) adj.
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