[ flok-yuh-luh nt ]
/ ˈflɒk yə lənt /


like a clump or tuft of wool.
covered with a soft, woolly substance.
consisting of or containing loose woolly masses.
Chemistry. consisting of flocs and floccules.


Nearby words

  1. floccular,
  2. flocculate,
  3. flocculation,
  4. flocculation reaction,
  5. floccule,
  6. flocculent precipitate,
  7. flocculently,
  8. flocculi,
  9. flocculus,
  10. floccus

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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British Dictionary definitions for flocculent


/ (ˈflɒkjʊlənt) /


like wool; fleecy
chem aggregated in woolly cloudlike massesa flocculent precipitate
biology covered with tufts or flakes of a waxy or wool-like substance
Derived Formsflocculence or flocculency, nounflocculently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for flocculent



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

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Medicine definitions for flocculent


[ flŏkyə-lənt ]


Having a fluffy or wooly appearance.
Containing numerous shreds or fluffy particles of grayish or white mucus or other material. Used of a fluid such as urine.
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.
Having a soft waxy or wool-like covering, as of certain insects.
Related formsfloccu•lence n.

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