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Formed into a compact rounded mass; tightly clustered; conglomerate.
[Latin glomerātus, past participle of glomerāre, to wind into a ball, from glomus, glomer-, ball.]
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1. gathered into a compact rounded mass
2. wound up like a ball of thread
3. (Anatomy) anatomy (esp of glands) conglomerate in structure
[C18: from Latin glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball]
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glom•er•ate(ˈglɒm ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt)
[1785–95; < Latin glomerātus, past participle of glomerāre to form into a ball, derivative of glomus, s. glomer- ball-shaped mass]
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