One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colloid-rich viscous liquid phase which may separate from a colloidal solution on addition of a third component.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Recombinant human elastin peptides coacervate in heated solutions to form fibrillar aggregates.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are few examples of synthetic polyelectrolytes that produce complex coacervates, however.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Observe the coacervates under high power and make drawings of what you see.’
Early 20th century: back-formation from coacervation, based on Latin cum ‘(together) with’ + acervus ‘heap’.
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