Definition of deflocculate in English:

deflocculate

verb

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

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

Pronunciation:

deflocculate

/dēˈfläkyəˌlāt/