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.’
- ‘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.’
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