flocculate

[flok-yuh-leyt]

verb (used with object), floc·cu·lat·ed, floc·cu·lat·ing.

to form into flocculent masses.

verb (used without object), floc·cu·lat·ed, floc·cu·lat·ing.

to form flocculent masses, as a cloud or a chemical precipitate; form aggregated or compound masses of particles.

Origin of flocculate

First recorded in 1820–30; floccul(us) + -ate1
Related formsfloc·cu·la·ble [flok-yuh-luh-buh l] /ˈflɒk yə lə bəl/, adjectivefloc·cu·la·tion, nounfloc·cu·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flocculation

flocculate

verb

to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass
Derived Formsflocculation, noun
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Word Origin and History for flocculation
n.

1885, from flocculate + -ion.

flocculate

v.

1877, from flocculus (1799, from Modern Latin diminutive of Latin floccus "flock of wool") + -ate. Related: Flocculated; flocculating.

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Medicine definitions for flocculation

flocculation

[flŏk′yə-lāshən]

n.

The process of becoming flocculent.
Precipitation from solution in the form of fleecy masses.
Related formsfloccu•late′ v.
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Science definitions for flocculation

flocculation

[flŏk′yə-lāshən]

The process by which individual particles of clay aggregate into clotlike masses or precipitate into small lumps. Flocculation occurs as a result of a chemical reaction between the clay particles and another substance, usually salt water.
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