[ noun koh-as-er-vit, -veyt, koh-uh-sur-vit; verb koh-as-er-veyt, koh-uh-sur-veyt ]
/ noun koʊˈæs ər vɪt, -ˌveɪt, ˌkoʊ əˈsɜr vɪt; verb koʊˈæs ərˌveɪt, ˌkoʊ əˈsɜr veɪt /


Physical Chemistry. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.

verb (used with or without object), co·ac·er·vat·ed, co·ac·er·vat·ing.

to make or become a coacervate.

Origin of coacervate

1620–30; < Latin coacervātus (past participle of coacervāre to heap up), equivalent to co- co- + acerv(us) heap, multitude + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for coacervate


/ (kəʊˈæsəvɪt, -ˌveɪt) /


either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid

Derived Forms

coacervation, noun

Word Origin for coacervate

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


[ kō-ăsər-vāt′ ]


A cluster of molecules.
A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.

Related forms

co•acer•vate′ v.•ac′er•vation n.
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