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  1. Physical Chemistry. an electrically charged particle formed by an aggregate of molecules and occurring in certain colloidal electrolyte solutions, as those of soaps and detergents.
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Origin of micelle

1880–85; < New Latin mīcella, equivalent to Latin mīc(a) crumb, grain + -ella -elle
Related formsmi·cel·lar, adjectivemi·cel·lar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for micellar

Historical Examples

  • The cessation of the stimulus results from a micellar rearrangement which indicates the character of the adaptation.

    A Mechanico-Physiological Theory of Organic Evolution

    Carl Von Ngeli

British Dictionary definitions for micellar


micell micella (mɪˈsɛlə)

  1. chem
    1. a charged aggregate of molecules of colloidal size in a solution
    2. any molecular aggregate of colloidal size, such as a particle found in coal
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Derived Formsmicellar, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin micella, diminutive of Latin mīca crumb
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