micelle

noun
mi·celle | \ mī-ˈsel \

Definition of micelle 

: a unit of structure built up from polymeric molecules or ions: such as

a : an ordered region in a fiber (as of cellulose or rayon)

b : a molecular aggregate that constitutes a colloidal particle

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micellar \-ˈse-lər \ adjective

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And on no-shower days, there are micelles in R + Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "7 New Ways to Boost Your Hair-Care Routine This Year," 16 May 2018 Simple Skincare’s version skips strong surfactants for a combo of hydrating plant extracts and micelles (cleansing bubbles that attract dirt and oil without stripping skin). Lauren Balsamo, Cosmopolitan, "Your Guide to Perfect Skin, Straight From the Experts," 22 Aug. 2017 In micelles, all the tails come together in the middle while the heads form a sphere on the outside, like a bouquet of lollipops with their sticks all tied together on the inside. Jenna Gallegos, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to drink whiskey, according to science," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of micelle

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for micelle

New Latin micella, from Latin mica

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The first known use of micelle was in 1881

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micelle

noun
mi·celle | \ mī-ˈsel \

Medical Definition of micelle 

: a unit of structure built up from polymeric molecules or ions: as

a : an ordered region in a fiber (as of cellulose or rayon)

b : a molecular aggregate that constitutes a colloidal particle

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