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flocculent

[flok-yuh-luh nt] /ˈflɒk yə lənt/
adjective
1.
like a clump or tuft of wool.
2.
covered with a soft, woolly substance.
3.
consisting of or containing loose woolly masses.
4.
5.
Chemistry. consisting of flocs and floccules.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; flocc(us) + -ulent
Related forms
flocculence, flocculency, noun
flocculently, adverb
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  • One consisted of anaerobic bacteria inhabiting the flocculent surface layers of sediments.
British Dictionary definitions for flocculent

flocculent

/ˈflɒkjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
like wool; fleecy
2.
(chem) aggregated in woolly cloudlike masses: a flocculent precipitate
3.
(biology) covered with tufts or flakes of a waxy or wool-like substance
Derived Forms
flocculence, flocculency, noun
flocculently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for flocculent
adj.

"resembling wool," 1800, from Latin floccus "lock of hair, flock of wool" + -ulent. Related: Floculence.

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flocculent in Medicine

flocculent floc·cu·lent (flŏk'yə-lənt)
adj.

  1. Having a fluffy or wooly appearance.

  2. Containing numerous shreds or fluffy particles of grayish or white mucus or other material. Used of a fluid such as urine.

  3. Of or being a fluid bacterial culture in which there are numerous colonies either floating in the fluid medium or loosely deposited at the bottom.

  4. Having a soft waxy or wool-like covering, as of certain insects.


floc'cu·lence n.
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