Definition of coacervate in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkōəˈsərvət/ /ˌkoʊəˈsərvət/


  • A colloid-rich viscous liquid phase that may separate from a colloidal solution on addition of a third component.

    ‘Recombinant human elastin peptides coacervate in heated solutions to form fibrillar aggregates.’
    • ‘There are few examples of synthetic polyelectrolytes that produce complex coacervates, however.’
    • ‘Observe the coacervates under high power and make drawings of what you see.’
    • ‘Upon standing these coalesce into one clear homogenous colloid-rich liquid layer, known as the coacervate layer which can be deposited so as to produce the wall material of the resultant capsules.’
    • ‘The primordial ocean provided an ideal medium for their formation, for the primordial ocean was large, and water can hold the coacervates suspended for a long period of time without being disturbed.’
    • ‘An evaluation of various formulations and processes for coacervate formation revealed that flavor coacervates can be formed in numerous ways.’
    • ‘Droplets, or coacervates, formed and were enclosed by protein or lipid shells.’


Early 17th century (in sense ‘heap together’): from Latin coacervare, from cum ‘(together) with’ + acervare ‘to heap’.