Definition of inspissate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈinspəsāt/ /ˈɪnspəseɪt/ /inˈspiˌsāt/ /ɪnˈspɪˌseɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Thicken or congeal.

    ‘whatever tends to inspissate sap has the property of causing flower buds to be produced’
    • ‘Secretions become viscous and inspissated (ie, glutinous and thickened by evaporation or absorption), and calcium carbonate precipitates, which results in ductal stone formation.’
    • ‘At autopsy, the airways are often devoid of inspissated secretions and contain more neutrophils and eosinophils in the submucosa.’
    • ‘In these studies, ‘mucous balls,’ an accumulation of inspissated mucus that adheres to the catheter tip, caused infrequent, but serious, complications.’
    • ‘Coming back to Japan and the inspissated gloom hereabouts - as found among artists, novelists, intellectuals and the press - my view is that it is always going to be there, and is a great thing for Japan.’
    • ‘Yet the activity on the new issue markets simply does not support the prevailing, inspissated gloom.’
    • ‘However, determined tunnelling into the inspissated mass of detail reveals some fascinating things.’
    solidify, set, become hard, become solid, congeal, clot, coagulate, stiffen, thicken, cake, freeze, bake, crystallize


Early 17th century from late Latin inspissat- ‘made thick’, from the verb inspissare (based on Latin spissus ‘thick, dense’).