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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·glu′ti·na′tive (-n-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv) adj.


1. tending to join or capable of joining
2. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: agglomerative denoting languages, such as Hungarian, whose morphology is characterized by agglutination. Compare analytic3, synthetic3, polysynthetic


(əˈglut nˌeɪ tɪv, əˈglut n ə-)

1. tending or having power to agglutinate or unite.
2. of or designating a language, as Turkish, characterized by agglutination.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.agglutinative - forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning
synthetic - systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
2.agglutinative - united as if by glue
adhesive - tending to adhere


[əˈgluːtɪnətɪv] ADJaglutinante


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