Meaning of clot in English:


Pronunciation /klɒt/

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  • 1A thick mass of coagulated liquid, especially blood, or of material stuck together.

    ‘a blood clot’
    • ‘a clot of dead leaves’
    • ‘The infected cells stick together, forming clots in the fine blood vessels of the brain.’
    • ‘The most common type of embolus is a clot of blood, but other things can cause an embolism too.’
    • ‘She wiped away the little clot of blood on his right ear and kissed it.’
    • ‘This drop is later formed into a clot of blood, which assumes the shape of a small tissue.’
    • ‘This drug has been proven to help keep platelets in the blood from sticking together and forming clots, which can help protect against a future heart attack or stroke.’
    • ‘In a healthy person, the body is able to protect itself from excessive bleeding, by allowing a part of the blood called plasma to stick together and form clots.’
    • ‘My wife rushed me to the local emergency room where they gave me an EKG and administered blood thinners to break up the clot that was obstructing blood flow to my heart.’
    • ‘Stroke is caused by a clot which prevents blood from reaching the brain and is one of the single biggest killers behind cancer and heart disease.’
    • ‘Depression alters the propensity of the blood to form clots.’
    • ‘Blood clots can now be diagnosed within 3 hours by non invasive testing.’
    • ‘Blood clots can be deadly, leading to strokes, for example, or blocking the lungs' supply of blood from the heart.’
    • ‘Blood clots form in a vein causing swelling and pain.’
    • ‘Aspirin has been used to treat heart disease because it thins blood and prevents clots.’
    • ‘Soon I was sitting in a clot of vehicles high above Bay Ridge, alongside a station wagon full of young people.’
    lump, clump, mass, curdling
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  • 2British informal A foolish or clumsy person.

    • ‘Watch where you're going, you clot!’
    • ‘Meanwhile some clumsy clot seems to have copied and pasted from last year's invitations.’
    • ‘Maybe somewhere my friend was being similarly greeted and on the cusp of turning from a loveable clot into a threatening idiot.’
    fool, idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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verbverb clots, verb clotting, verb clotted

  • 1Form or cause to form clots.

    no object ‘drugs that help blood to clot’
    • ‘a blood protein known as factor VIII clots blood’
    • ‘The thickened blood may clot in the fingers and toes, causing numbness, or in the brain, causing dizziness and confusion.’
    • ‘Platelets are blood components that aid clotting.’
    • ‘Fluid from the ovaries prevents blood from clotting.’
    • ‘She also had a condition which meant her blood was prone to clotting.’
    • ‘I cut my legs shaving, I thought the blood had finally clotted, so I put my stockings on - and smeared the blood.’
    • ‘‘It reduces the stickiness of platelets and makes the blood less able to clot, which is the cause of strokes,’ she said.’
    • ‘They are looking at why some people have blood platelets which clot inside the vessels, causing blockages, starving the heart of oxygen, leading to a heart attack.’
    • ‘Occasionall, nosebleeds happen in people with high blood pressure or with blood that doesn't clot properly.’
    • ‘Haemophilia is caused by a deficiency of factor eight which causes the blood to clot.’
    • ‘It was long, but shallow, and the blood was clotting fast.’
    • ‘A blood sample may be taken to check for anaemia or abnormalities in the way blood is clotting.’
    • ‘Excessive amounts of these hormones cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure, blood clotting, and blood sugar.’
    • ‘The prothrombin test is one measure of how long it takes your blood to begin clotting.’
    • ‘People who take aspirin as part of a cardiotherapy regimen may have to use a different type of drug to keep their blood from clotting.’
    • ‘Too much vitamin E can cause internal bleeding and can hinder blood clotting, at least in animals.’
    • ‘It can be caused by congenital defects or problems with the blood clotting.’
    • ‘The creek is running, but it's as black as Baal's blood, black as the ichor of a god no one dares worship, and it runs like slow clotted goose fat.’
    • ‘The blade came out easily, but it remained covered in thick, rancid-looking, clotted blood.’
    • ‘She seems nervous suddenly, shrinking behind the face tan and clotted makeup.’
    • ‘The snow had melted, showing sodden branches and clotted lumps of brown leaves through the woods.’
    • ‘Samples were immediately removed from direct light and allowed to clot prior to chilling on ice.’
    coagulate, set, congeal, cake, curdle, thicken, solidify, harden, dry, stiffen
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    1. 1.1with object Cover (something) with sticky matter.
      ‘its nostrils were clotted with blood’
      • ‘On Saturday the sky was clotted with unseasonable gray clouds that hung over the San Gabriel Mountains, which rose sharply about a mile in the distance.’
      • ‘Veiled by rain and ringed with cloud which clotted every crevice and clogged up the view, it felt like the only place left on earth.’
      • ‘Your faces are clotted with pimples, and your hair is oily.’
      • ‘My long braided blonde hair was falling out, my chocolate colored eyes looked tired and my fair skin was clotted with dirt.’
      • ‘This prints with a dense black, slightly clotted effect, known as burr.’


Old English clott, clot, of Germanic origin; related to German Klotz.