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micelle

/mɪˈsɛl/
noun
1.
(chem)
  1. a charged aggregate of molecules of colloidal size in a solution
  2. any molecular aggregate of colloidal size, such as a particle found in coal
Derived Forms
micellar, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin micella, diminutive of Latin mīca crumb
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