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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 of flocculate
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 flocculation
  • After the raw water leaves the aeration area, it enters the flocculation basin.
  • Filtration is performed directly after the flocculation stage of treatment.
  • The jar test is used to determine the proper chemical dosage required for good coagulation and flocculation of water.
  • To this mixture, isooctane was added to cause flocculation and asphaltene precipitation.
British Dictionary definitions for flocculation

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 flocculation
n.

1885, from flocculate + -ion.

flocculate

v.

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

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flocculation in Medicine

flocculation floc·cu·la·tion (flŏk'yə-lā'shən) or floc·cu·lence (flŏk'yə-ləns)
n.

  1. The process of becoming flocculent.

  2. Precipitation from solution in the form of fleecy masses.


floc'cu·late' v.
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flocculation in Science
flocculation
  (flŏk'yə-lā'shən)   
The process by which individual particles of clay aggregate into clotlike masses or precipitate into small lumps. Flocculation occurs as a result of a chemical reaction between the clay particles and another substance, usually salt water.
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