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flocculent

[flok-yuh-luh nt]
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adjective
  1. like a clump or tuft of wool.
  2. covered with a soft, woolly substance.
  3. consisting of or containing loose woolly masses.
  4. flocky.
  5. Chemistry. consisting of flocs and floccules.
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Origin of flocculent

First recorded in 1790–1800; flocc(us) + -ulent
Related formsfloc·cu·lence, floc·cu·len·cy, nounfloc·cu·lent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for flocculent

downy, fluffy, woolly

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British Dictionary definitions for flocculent

flocculent

adjective
  1. like wool; fleecy
  2. chem aggregated in woolly cloudlike massesa flocculent precipitate
  3. biology covered with tufts or flakes of a waxy or wool-like substance
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Derived Formsflocculence or flocculency, nounflocculently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for flocculent

adj.

"resembling wool," 1800, from Latin floccus "lock of hair, flock of wool" + -ulent. Related: Floculence.

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flocculent in Medicine

flocculent

(flŏkyə-lənt)
adj.
  1. Having a fluffy or wooly appearance.
  2. Containing numerous shreds or fluffy particles of grayish or white mucus or other material. Used of a fluid such as urine.
  3. Of or being a fluid bacterial culture in which there are numerous colonies either floating in the fluid medium or loosely deposited at the bottom.
  4. Having a soft waxy or wool-like covering, as of certain insects.
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Related formsfloccu•lence n.
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