glob-, glom-

(Latin: a round body, a ball; round, a sphere; the earth; "sphere" came from Latin globus, "round mass, sphere"; related to gleba, "clod, soil, land". Sense of "planet earth," or a three-dimensional map of it, appeared first in 1553)

earth spinning.
agglomerate (s) (noun), agglomerates (pl)
1. A mass of things clustered together: On top of Jane's desk there was an agglomerate of pencils, pens, paper clips, tubes of glue, erasers, and small rulers all jumbled together in one big heap!
2. Rock composed of rounded or angular volcanic fragments: On their hike, Tom and Jerry had to climb over the hard agglomerates that had been on the side of the mountain over all the years.
agglomeration (s) (noun), agglomerations (pl)
The situation of gathering or collecting into a mass: The photo album that Ivy had was an agglomeration of a jumbled collection of old photos of all the people and places she and her parents had visited over the years.

Jack and Jill looked up into the agglomeration of stars and galaxies in the night sky.

agglomerative (adjective), more agglomerative, most agglomerative
Pertaining to something that forms or collects into a rounded mass: Mary didn't know what the substance was, but it evidently was an agglomerative matter that was clogging up the drain in her kitchen sink.
2. Regarding a confused or jumbled mass: Jenny's mother asked her to remove the agglomerative heap on the dining room table.
3. Concerning volcanic rock consisting of rounded and angular fragments: The pieces of igneous rock seemed to be quite agglomerative and in a big pile, and some pf them were even fused together.
aglobulia (s) (noun) (no pl)
An obsolete term for anaemia; oligocythemia: In medical school, Alice learned about aglobulia as referring to a deficiency of red blood cells in the bloodstream, resulting in insufficient oxygen to tissues and organs.
aglobuliosis, aglobulism (s) (noun) (no pl)
An obsolete term for a condition characterised by a deficiency of red blood cells: Mrs. Thompson had lost quite a lot of vitality and her doctor diagnosed it as being a case of aglobulism with symptoms of anaemia.
calcoglobule (s) (noun), calcoglobules (pl)
A growing, microscopic center of calcification in the formation of dentin: Janet learned that a calcoglobule was the tiny maturing core of a calcified tissue which formed the main part of a tooth.
choleglobin (s) (noun) (no pl)
In medicine, one of the colouring substances in the bile that is a result of haemoglobin being broken down: A compound of globin and an open-ring iron porphyrin, being an intermediate in the formation of bile pigment from the catabolism of hemoglobin.
conglobate, conglobe (verb), conglobates, conglobated, conglobating; conglobes, conglobed, conglobing;
To form into a globe or ball: Sharon took the hunk of clay and conglobated it in order to form a sphere or or a big round drop as one part of her decorative table piece.
conglobation (s) (noun), conglobations (pl)
An occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass: In art class at school, Mary created a conglobation by incorporating sand, gravel, and clay into a rounded spherical form.
conglobulate (verb), conglobulates; conglobulated; conglobulating
Uncommon, to gather into a small round mass: When making Christmas cookies, Sally had to conglobulate the dough into spherical forms before putting them onto small wafers for baking.
conglomerate (s) (noun), conglomerates (pl)
1. In geology, a rock consisting of pebbles and gravel embedded in cement; pudding stone: A conglomerate is a composite rock incorporating matter of different sizes, like minerals.
2. A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields: Sally's new kitchen was created by a conglomerate consisting of diverse companies that installed the different necessary items, like the plumbing, electrical attachments, the flooring, appliances, etc.
3. An item made up of heterogeneous substances or individuals: Toronto is made up of a conglomerate of people of many different nationalities.
conglomerate (verb), conglomerates; conglomerated; conglomerating
1. To form or gather into a mass or whole: When mixing the dough for the cake in a mixing bowl, it conglomerated into one big lump.

Over the months, the town's trash conglomerated in the ravine close to the stream.
2. To form into or merge with a corporate conglomerate: The small company decided to conglomerate with the larger one in the big city.

conglomeration (s) (noun), conglomeration s (pl)
1. A rounded spherical form: In the museum, Jenny viewed a marble figure inside a conglomeration of glass.
2. A sum total of many heterogenous things taken together: When cleaning up in her daughter's room, Mr. Thompson formed a conglomeration of books, socks, underwear, pens, toys, and photos into a big pile on the floor.
3. An occurrence of combining miscellaneous or different individuals or things into a (more or less) rounded mass: Out of the window of the tall building, Mr. Jackson noticed a conglomeration of various people all gathered togethe and holding flags of diverse nations.
cryoglobulin (s) (noun), cryoglobulins (pl)
A serum globulin (invariably an immunoglobulin) that precipitates at low temperatures: Cryoglobulin is an abnormal blood protein that has the unusual properties of precipitating from the blood serum when it is chilled (hence the "cryo-") and redissolving when it is rewarmed. Cryoglobulins are gamma globulins with a molecular weight of approximately 200,000.

Cryoglobulins can cause problems by causing the blood to be abnormally "thick" which increases the risk of blood clots forming in the brain (stroke), eyes, and heart.

Cryoglobulins are also associated with inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis) which increases the risk of blockage of arteries.

Cryoglobulins are a key part of a condition called essential mixed cryoglobulinemia. Cryoglobulins can also accompany diseases such as multiple myeloma, dermatomyositis, and lymphoma.

Sometimes small amounts of cryoglobulin are discovered by accident in the laboratory in a serum sample from someone with no apparent symptoms.

cryoglobulinemia (s) (noun), cryoglobulinemias (pl)
In medicine, the presence of abnormal quantities of cryoglobulin in the blood plasma that causes gelling at low temperatures: When blood contains an overabundance of cryoglobulins, a condition of cryoglobulinemia exists.

Cryoglobulins are abnormal proteins that by definition have the unusual property of precipitating from the serum specimen in the laboratory when it is chilled and redissolving into the serum upon rewarming.

Cryoglobulins may or may not be causing disease. Cryoglobulins can accompany another condition (such as dermatomyositis, multiple myeloma, or lymphoma) or be an isolated condition themselves, called cryoglobulinemia.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; pel-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-; terr-.

Related ball, sphere-word units: hemoglobin-; sphero-.