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micelle

[mi-sel] /mɪˈsɛl/
noun
1.
Physical Chemistry. an electrically charged particle formed by an aggregate of molecules and occurring in certain colloidal electrolyte solutions, as those of soaps and detergents.
Origin of micelle
1880-1885
1880-85; < New Latin mīcella, equivalent to Latin mīc(a) crumb, grain + -ella -elle
Related forms
micellar, adjective
micellarly, adverb
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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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