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[juh-lat-n-uh s] /dʒəˈlæt n əs/
having the nature of or resembling jelly, especially in consistency; jellylike.
pertaining to, containing, or consisting of gelatin.
Origin of gelatinous
1715-25; gelatin + -ous
Related forms
gelatinously, adverb
gelatinousness, gelatinity
[jel-uh-tin-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛl əˈtɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nongelatinous, adjective
nongelatinously, adverb
nongelatinousness, noun
subgelatinous, adjective
subgelatinously, adverb
subgelatinousness, noun
ungelatinous, adjective
ungelatinously, adverb
ungelatinousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gelatinous
  • Bentonite slurry, a gelatinous blend of clay and water, was pumped into the growing hole to prevent the sides from caving in.
  • The material spreads weight with uncanny gentleness, thanks to its gelatinous buoyancy.
  • If the ultrasonic waves are short enough, they will reflect more strongly from the fibrous than from the gelatinous tissue.
  • When dissolved in water, the birds' nests have a gelatinous texture used for soup or sweet tong sui.
  • Most people think of jellyfish only as the gelatinous drifters that biologists call medusae.
  • As the wrigglers develop, the gelatinous outer membrane decomposes, perhaps triggered by a chemical change in the tadpoles.
  • Chefs extract the flavorless cartilage needles, which add a gelatinous texture to the soup.
  • My purple potatoes were definitely less offensive than gelatinous fish.
  • But sometimes a gelatinous namesake can be a dubious honor.
  • The cooked grains were gelatinous and matched the appearance of bean starch she had cooked in her laboratory for comparison.
British Dictionary definitions for gelatinous


consisting of or resembling jelly; viscous
of, containing, or resembling gelatine
Derived Forms
gelatinously, adverb
gelatinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gelatinous

1724, from gelatin + -ous; probably modeled on French gélatineux. Related: Gelatinously; gelatinousness.

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gelatinous in Medicine

gelatinous ge·lat·i·nous (jə-lāt'n-əs)

  1. Of, relating to, or containing gelatin.

  2. Resembling gelatin; viscous.

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