Definition of coacervate in English:

coacervate

noun

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

    • ‘There are few examples of synthetic polyelectrolytes that produce complex coacervates, however.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recombinant human elastin peptides coacervate in heated solutions to form fibrillar aggregates.’
    • ‘Observe the coacervates under high power and make drawings of what you see.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 20th century: back-formation from coacervation, based on Latin cum (together) with + acervus heap.

Pronunciation:

coacervate

/kəʊˈasəveɪt/