AskDefine | Define congeal

Dictionary Definition

congeal v : become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme" [syn: jell, set]

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Etymology

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Verb

  1. To change from a liquid to solid state perhaps by cold
  2. To coagulate, make curdled or semi-solid as gel or jelly
  3. To make rigid or immobile
  4. To become congealed, solidify

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Extensive Definition

Congelation is the process by which something congeals, or thickens. This increase in viscosity can be achieved through a reduction in temperature or through chemical reactions. Sometimes the increase in viscosity is great enough to crystallize or solidify the substance in question.
In alchemy, congelation is one of the 12 vital processes for transformation to occur.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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