colloid

noun col·loid \ ˈkä-ˌlȯid \

Definition of colloid

1 : a gelatinous or mucinous substance found normally in the thyroid and also in diseased tissue
2 a : a substance that consists of particles dispersed throughout another substance which are too small for resolution (see resolution 6a) with an ordinary light microscope but are incapable of passing through a semipermeable membrane
b : a mixture consisting of a colloid together with the medium in which it is dispersed
  • smoke is a colloid

colloidal

play \kə-ˈlȯi-dᵊl, kä-\ adjective

colloidally

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of colloid

International Scientific Vocabulary coll- + -oid


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colloid

noun col·loid \ ˈkäl-ˌȯid \

medical Definition of colloid

1 : a gelatinous or mucinous substance found in tissues in disease or normally (as in the thyroid)
2 a : a substance consisting of particles that are dispersed throughout another substance and are too small for resolution with an ordinary light microscope but are incapable of passing through a semipermeable membrane
b : a mixture (as smoke) consisting of a colloid together with the medium in which it is dispersed

colloidal

play \kə-ˈlȯid-ᵊl, kä-\ adjective

colloidally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb

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