[noun koh-as-er-vit, -veyt, koh-uh-sur-vit; verb koh-as-er-veyt, koh-uh-sur-veyt]
- Physical Chemistry. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.
- to make or become a coacervate.
Origin of coacervate
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- either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid
C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap
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- A cluster of molecules.
- A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
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