[ flok-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈflɒk yəˌleɪt /

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


floc·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

/ (ˈflɒkjʊˌleɪt) /


to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass

Derived forms of flocculate

flocculation, noun
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Medicine definitions for flocculation

[ flŏk′yə-lāshən ]


The process of becoming flocculent.
Precipitation from solution in the form of fleecy masses.

Other words from flocculation

floccu•late′ v.
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Science definitions for 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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