flocculate

verb
floc·cu·late | \ˈflä-kyə-ˌlāt \
flocculated; flocculating

Definition of flocculate 

transitive verb

: to cause to aggregate into a flocculent mass flocculate clay particles

intransitive verb

: to become flocculent

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Other Words from flocculate

flocculant \ˈflä-kyə-lənt \ noun
flocculation \ˌflä-kyə-ˈlā-shən \ noun
flocculator \ˈflä-kyə-ˌlā-tər \ noun

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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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flocculate

verb
floc·cu·late | \ˈfläk-yə-ˌlāt \
flocculated; flocculating

Medical Definition of flocculate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to aggregate into a flocculent mass denature and flocculate cell proteins

Other Words from flocculate

flocculation \ˌfläk-yə-ˈlā-shən \ noun

flocculate

noun
floc·cu·late | \-lət, -ˌlāt \

Medical Definition of flocculate (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that has flocculated

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