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flocculate

[′fläk·yə‚lət (adjective) or ′fläk·yə‚lāt (verb)]
(biology)
Having small tufts of hairs.
(chemistry)
To cause to aggregate or coalesce into a flocculent mass.
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In order to evaluate culture viability, a sample of the stored flocculates (-18, 0 and 5[degrees]C) was extracted once a week.
If all the faces of the pigment crystal are not coated with polymer, the pigment can flocculate at its "exposed faces.
Elevated DOC concentrations in water can reduce PAM's capacity to flocculate dispersed mineral particles (Lentz et al.
For example, the coagulants and flocculates used to enhance the material break-up are fairly expensive and alter the composition of the retained fats and solids; reuse as animal feed is sometimes not possible for those in the meat and poultry industry.
But when added to water clouded with sediment, it flocculates the fine particles, causing them to settle out -- sometimes to the point of filling up the head of a furrow.
This may happen immediately or it may take time, resulting in color drift as the pigment flocculates.