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.
A growing, microscopic center of calcification in the formation of dentin (the calcified tissue which forms the main part of a tooth).
In medicine, 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, conglobing
To form into a globe or ball.
1. A rounded spherical form.
2. An occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass.
To gather into a small round mass.
1. To form or gather into a mass or whole.
2. To form into or merge with a corporate conglomerate.
3. To cause to form into a mass or whole.
4. A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields.
5. A collected heterogeneous mass; a cluster.
6. In geology, a rock consisting of pebbles and gravel embedded in cement.
1. A rounded spherical form.
2. A sum total of many heterogenous things taken together.
3. An occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass.
A serum globulin (invariably an immunoglobulin) that precipitates at low temperatures.

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.

The presence of abnormal quantities of cryoglobulin in the blood plasma that causes gelling at low temperatures.

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.

Not within a globular body; specifically, not within a red blood cell.

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-.