Definition of coacervate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōəˈsərvət/


A colloid-rich viscous liquid phase that may separate from a colloidal solution on addition of a third component.
Example sentences
  • Recombinant human elastin peptides coacervate in heated solutions to form fibrillar aggregates.
  • There are few examples of synthetic polyelectrolytes that produce complex coacervates, however.
  • 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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Syllabification: co·ac·er·vate

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