Meaning of deflocculate in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈflɒkjʊleɪt/


[with object]Chemistry
  • Break up the floccules of (a substance suspended in a liquid) into fine particles, producing a dispersion.

    as adjective deflocculated ‘deflocculated clay slurry’
    • ‘Yeast strains grown to saturation in 10 ml liquid medium overnight and were deflocculated by two washes in sodium citrate.’
    • ‘Under such conditions the stability of soil aggregates will decrease and clays will break down and deflocculate.’
    • ‘The samples were rolled and then the total clay-rich sample was deflocculated and deslimed by continuous washing under gently running water.’
    • ‘Yeast cultures were pelleted, deflocculated twice by washing with buffer and resuspended in the same buffer at a density of 10 cells/ml.’