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A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
Of or relating to a cluster of droplets.
tr.v. co·ac·er·vated, co·ac·er·vat·ing, co·ac·er·vates
To cause to form a coacervate.
[From Latin coacervātus, past participle of coacervāre, to heap together : co-, co- + acervāre, to heap (from acervus, a heap).]
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(Chemistry) either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid
[C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap]
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co•ac•er•vate(n. koʊˈæs ər vɪt, -ˌveɪt, ˌkoʊ əˈsɜr vɪt; v. -ˌveɪt, -veɪt)
n., v. n.
1. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.v.t., v.i.
2. to make or become a coacervate.
[1620–30; < Latin coacervātus, past participle of coacervāre to heap up]
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