Definition of floc in English:

floc

noun

technical
  • A loosely clumped mass of fine particles.

    • ‘Because of the difficulties of moving the floc, emptying the tanks could take up to six months.’
    • ‘This broadens the definition, because many of the self-buoyant microbes and plankton are collected in flocs as well.’
    • ‘Microsand particles and polymer are added to the floc in the same tank.’
    • ‘The flocs dispersed immediately when cells were resuspended in a glucose-citrate buffer.’
    • ‘PAM is a water-soluble polymer that clumps the fine, suspended particles typical of swine manure into larger particles, or flocs.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of flocculus.

Pronunciation

floc

/fläk/