coacervate

coacervate

[n. koh-as-er-vit, -veyt, koh-uh-sur-vit; v. koh-as-er-veyt, koh-uh-sur-veyt]
noun
1.
Physical Chemistry. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), coacervated, coacervating.
2.
to make or become a coacervate.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin coacervātus (past participle of coacervāre to heap up), equivalent to co- co- + acerv(us) heap, multitude + -ātus -ate1

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coacervate (kəʊˈæsəvɪt, -ˌveɪt)
 
n
either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid
 
[C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap]
 
coacer'vation
 
n

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coacervate co·ac·er·vate (kō-ās'ər-vāt')
n.

  1. A cluster of molecules.

  2. A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.


co·ac'er·vate' v.
co·ac'er·vate' adj.
co·ac'er·va'tion n.
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