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coacervate

[noun koh-as-er-vit, -veyt, koh-uh-sur-vit; verb koh-as-er-veyt, koh-uh-sur-veyt]
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noun
  1. Physical Chemistry. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.
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verb (used with or without object), co·ac·er·vat·ed, co·ac·er·vat·ing.
  1. to make or become a coacervate.
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Origin of coacervate

1620–30; < Latin coacervātus (past participle of coacervāre to heap up), equivalent to co- co- + acerv(us) heap, multitude + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for coacervate

coacervate

noun
  1. either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid
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Derived Formscoacervation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap
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coacervate in Medicine

coacervate

(kō-ăsər-vāt′)
n.
  1. A cluster of molecules.
  2. A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
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Related formsco•acer•vate′ v. adj.co•ac′er•vation n.
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