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flocculate

[flok-yuh-leyt] /ˈflɒk yəˌleɪt/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; floccul(us) + -ate1
Related forms
flocculable
[flok-yuh-luh-buh l] /ˈflɒk yə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
flocculation, noun
flocculator, noun
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Examples from the web for flocculate
  • The researchers engineered this network into yeast so that when the toggle switches on, the yeast is made to flocculate.
  • The flocculate in the concentration tank is pumped to the sludge tanks, then pressed to remove water.
  • The solids flocculate and settle out in the deep final clarifiers.
  • 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.
  • When suspended sediments in the furrow stream flocculate and settle out, they coat furrow bottoms with the precipitated solids.
British Dictionary definitions for flocculate

flocculate

/ˈflɒkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to form or be formed into an aggregated flocculent mass
Derived Forms
flocculation, noun
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Word Origin and History for flocculate
v.

1877, from flocculus (1799, from Modern Latin diminutive of Latin floccus "flock of wool") + -ate. Related: Flocculated; flocculating.

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