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particulate

[per-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt, puh-tik-, pahr-] /pərˈtɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, pəˈtɪk-, pɑr-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or composed of distinct particles.
noun
2.
a separate and distinct particle.
3.
a material composed of such particles.
4.
particulates.
  1. the aggregate of such particles, especially as produced by one source:
    tests to analyze diesel particulates.
  2. Meteorology. solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, especially pollutants.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Neo-Latin particulātus, equivalent to Latin particul(a) particle + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
nonparticulate, adjective
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Examples from the web for particulates
  • Settleable solids are the particulates that settle out of a still fluid.
  • Residual particulates from sanding should be thoroughly cleaned from pieces.
British Dictionary definitions for particulates

particulate

/pɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
noun
1.
a substance consisting of separate particles
adjective
2.
of or made up of separate particles
3.
(genetics) of, relating to, or designating inheritance of characteristics, esp with emphasis on the role of genes
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Word Origin and History for particulates

particulate

adj.

1871, from Modern Latin particulatus, from particula (see particle). As a noun from 1960. Related: Particulates.

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particulates in Medicine

particulate par·tic·u·late (pər-tĭk'yə-lĭt, -lāt', pär-)
adj.
Of or occurring in the form of fine particles. n.
A particulate substance.

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particulates in Science
particulate
  (pər-tĭk'yə-lĭt)   
Adjective  Formed of very small, separate particles. Dust and soot are forms of particulate matter.

Noun  
  1. A very small particle, as of dust or soot. Particulates that are given off by the burning of oil, gasoline, and other fuels can remain suspended in the atmosphere for long periods, where they are a major component of air pollution and smog.

  2. A substance or suspension composed of such particles, such as sand or smoke.


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