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1. A submicroscopic aggregation of molecules, as a droplet in a colloidal system.
2. An organic particle of colloidal size found in coal.
3. A coherent strand or structure in natural or synthetic fibers.

[New Latin mīcella, from Latin mīca, grain.]

mi·cel′lar (-sĕl′ər) adj.
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(mɪˈsɛl) or




(Chemistry) chem
a. a charged aggregate of molecules of colloidal size in a solution
b. any molecular aggregate of colloidal size, such as a particle found in coal
[C19: from New Latin micella, diminutive of Latin mīca crumb]
miˈcellar adj
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1. an electrically charged colloidal particle formed by an aggregate of molecules.
2. an organized structural unit composed of such particles.
[1880–85; < German Micell (1877) < Latin mīc(a) crumb, grain + -ella -elle]
mi•cel′lar, adj.
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Noun1.micelle - an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergentsmicelle - an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergents
subatomic particle, particle - a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
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