[ flok-yuh-luhnt ]
/ ˈflɒk yə lənt /
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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.



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Origin of flocculent

First recorded in 1790–1800; flocc(us) + -ulent
floc·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
flocculence or flocculency, nounflocculently, adverb
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Medical 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.
floccu•lence n.
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