flocculate

[flok-yuh-leyt]
verb (used with object), flocculated, flocculating.
1.
to form into flocculent masses.
verb (used without object), flocculated, flocculating.
2.
to form flocculent masses, as a cloud or a chemical precipitate; form aggregated or compound masses of particles.

Origin:
1820–30; floccul(us) + -ate1

flocculable [flok-yuh-luh-buhl] , adjective
flocculation, noun
flocculator, noun
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flocculate (ˈflɒkjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass
 
floccu'lation
 
n

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flocculate
1877, from flocculus (1799, from Mod.L., dim. of L. floccus "flock of wool") + -ate. Related: Flocculated; flocculating.
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Example sentences
The researchers engineered this network into yeast so that when the toggle switches on, the yeast is made to flocculate.
One project used coagulants and polymers to flocculate the manure before running it through a belt press.
Several buffers and sample compositions caused the particles to flocculate.
The use of nonpolar solvents causes the asphaltenes and high molecular weight additives to precipitate and flocculate.
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