floc·​cu·​late | \ ˈflä-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \
flocculated; flocculating

Definition of flocculate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become flocculent

Other Words from flocculate

flocculant \ ˈflä-​kyə-​lənt How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \ noun
flocculation \ ˌflä-​kyə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \ noun
flocculator \ ˈflä-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \ 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flocculate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for flocculate


floc·​cu·​late | \ ˈfläk-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \ noun


floc·​cu·​late | \ -lət How to pronounce flocculate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce flocculate (audio) \

Medical Definition of flocculate (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that has flocculated


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