[ 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.
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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 of coacervatecoacervation, noun
Word Origin for coacervate
C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap
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Medical definitions for coacervate
[ kō-ăs′ər-vāt′ ]
A cluster of molecules.
A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
Other words from coacervateco•ac′er•vate′ v. adj.co•ac′er•va′tion n.
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