colloidal instability

colloidal instability

[kə′lȯid·əl in·stə‚bil·əd·ē]
(meteorology)
A property attributed to clouds, by which the particles of the cloud tend to aggregate into masses large enough to precipitate.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Addition of AZC alone to latices leads to colloidal instability, particle growth and precipitation.
While many analysts and educators would claim that all light-scattering immunoassays involving latex particles are based on bridging between polyvalent antigen molecules to achieve aggregate formation, the possibility of colloidal instability as the likely mechanism for aggregation still exists.
Colloidal instability of protein-coated latex particles is a well-known phenomenon [7,11,12].