flocculate

verb floc·cu·late \ ˈflä-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of flocculate

flocculated; flocculating
: to cause to aggregate into a flocculent mass
  • flocculate clay particles
: to become flocculent

flocculant

play \ˈflä-kyə-lənt\ noun

flocculation

play \ˌflä-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

flocculator

play \ˈflä-kyə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Did You Know?

In the late 16th century, scientists noticed that the loose masses separated from a solution or suspension through precipitation often resembled tufts of wool, and they began to refer to them as "flocks," using another word for "tufts." (This "flock" is not related to the word flock that refers to a group of animals, which comes from Old English flocc, meaning "crowd" or "band.") About two centuries later, the Late Latin term flocculus found its way into English and was also used with the meaning "a small loosely aggregated mass." By the end of the 19th century, a whole word family had been formed, including the adjective "flocculent," the noun "floccule," and the verb "flocculate."

First Known Use of flocculate

1877

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Medical Dictionary

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flocculate

verb floc·cu·late \ ˈfläk-yə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of flocculate

flocculated; flocculating
: to cause to aggregate into a flocculent mass
  • denature and flocculate cell proteins

flocculation

play \ˌfläk-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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flocculate

noun floc·cu·late \ -lət , -ˌlāt \

medical Definition of flocculate

: something that has flocculated

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