[ mi-sel ]
/ mɪˈsɛl /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM micellemi·cel·lar, adjectivemi·cel·lar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for micelle
micell micella (mɪˈsɛlə)
/ (mɪˈsɛl) /
- a charged aggregate of molecules of colloidal size in a solution
- any molecular aggregate of colloidal size, such as a particle found in coal
Derived forms of micellemicellar, adjective
Word Origin for micelle
C19: from New Latin micella, diminutive of Latin mīca crumb
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