(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)
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.
Jack and Jill looked up into the agglomeration of stars and galaxies in the night sky.
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.
2. An occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass.
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.
2. A sum total of many heterogenous things taken together.
3. An occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass.
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.
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.