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microcapsule Syllabification: mi·cro·cap·sule
Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrōˈkapsəl/ /-so͞ol/

Definition of microcapsule in English:


A small capsule used to contain drugs, dyes, or other substances and render them temporarily inactive.
Example sentences
  • They have also used what they describe as a more sophisticated nozzle assembly to fabricate similarly sized microcapsules in which a drug core is surrounded by a biodegradable polymer shell.
  • Bioadhesive polymers in the form of, or as a coating on, microcapsules containing drugs or bioactive substances which may serve for therapeutic, or diagnostic purposes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, are described.
  • The addition of adjuvants could perhaps improve the deposition of microcapsules on leaves with either spray method.

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