coacervate

[ 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 /

noun

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.

Nearby words

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  2. co-venture,
  3. co-worker,
  4. co.,
  5. coa,
  6. coacervation,
  7. coach,
  8. coach bolt,
  9. coach box,
  10. coach class

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

/ (kəʊˈæsəvɪt, -ˌveɪt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for coacervate

C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap

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Medicine definitions for coacervate

coacervate

[ kō-ăsər-vāt′ ]

n.

A cluster of molecules.
A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
Related formsco•acer•vate′ v. adj.co•ac′er•vation n.


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