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noun, plural:

(general) The act of clumping together or adhesion of particles.

(biology) The clumping together of cells (such as bacteria and red blood cells) or particles.


Biological agglutination occurs in (but not limited to) the following instances: (1) clumping of cells in response to an antibody, (2) the adhesion of small particles that are suspended in a solution, which are then (usually) precipitated (3) in allergic reactions, when cells clump together to prevent antigens from entering.

Word origin: from the Latin agglutinare, meaning "to glue to"

Related forms: agglutinin (noun), agglutinate (verb).
Related terms: cross agglutination, direct agglutination, false agglutination, group agglutination, indirect agglutination, mixed agglutination, passive agglutination, spontaneous agglutination.

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Blood groups agglutination

By mixing test tube containing Group O cells, UDP-Gal, B-serum with group O serum why would there be agglutination? Can someone please explain the biochemistry behind it?

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Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Blood groups agglutination
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An Investigation of ABO Group Antigen Structure question?

... Group O cells UDP-Gal A-serum when you mix a drop of cells from each tube with a drop of group O serum on a microscope slide which tubes will show agglutination and which tubes will not? This is what i think the answer is will tube 4 and tube 5 be agglutinated because for tube 4 UDP-Gal adds to ...

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Topic: An Investigation of ABO Group Antigen Structure question?
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Immune System

... by creating a pore in the membrane. Antibodies can be used for tagging, but more often they just bind receptors so they're useless or cause agglutination of invading particles etc. - Cytotoxic T-cells cause cell death as above, and helper T-cells collect foreign antigens so that peptide ...

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Tue May 10, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Immune System
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Blood donors and receipients

... will only work if a person who receives blood has a blood group that doesn't have any antibodies against the donor blood's antigens, otherwise agglutination will occur. People with blood type O is able to donate blood to people with blood type A. Why is it possible? Wouldn't the A antibodies ...

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by JesnieC
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Blood donors and receipients
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Need your help, microbio<

... phylogenetic relationship between bacteria? a. PHAGE b. Nuceleic acid hybridization c. biochemical testing d. amino acid sequencing The slide agglutination test is one type of identification based on: a. phage typing b. biochemical testing c. serology d. protein synthesis

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Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:15 pm
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