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A small, loosely held mass or aggregate of fine particles, resembling a tuft of wool and suspended in or precipitated from a solution.

[New Latin flocculus, flocculus; see flocculus.]


(ˈflɒkjuːl) ,






1. (Chemistry) a small aggregate of flocculent material
2. something resembling a tuft of wool
[C19: from Late Latin flocculus a little tuft; see flock2]


(ˈflɒk yul)

a bit of flocculent matter, as in a liquid.
[1835–45; < New Latin flocculus < Latin floccus tuft of wool + -ule]
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Noun1.floccule - a small loosely aggregated mass of flocculent material suspended in or precipitated from a liquid
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
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It is process by which the floccules, that are formed after flash mixing of waste water with or chemical coagulants.
As seen from the TEM pictures, the MWCNTs are relatively well dispersed in single nanotubes and small floccules in the polypropylene matrix.
A mass of floccules were flushed out during early irrigation.
The two sets of solutions were periodically examined for viscosity and other physical changes till development of floccules or rancidity and time period noted for keeping quality.
In this area, flocculated clay particles form dense floccules, which lead to a decreased of swelling.
This condition showed that gelatinized starch existed in the parenchyma cells in the form of floccules.
The milk samples from udder quarters affected with sub-clinical mastitis showed floccules or gel formation when subjected to SFMT.
In this stage, if the flocculated is strained, floccules will curdle.
Making a smear from the floccules of phenol ammonium sulphate treated samples was reported to be less tedious and the smears were uniformly thin (3).
The formation of large floccules also increased the settling rate of fine solids in the tailings.