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, pl.


(flok'yū-lŭs, -lī),
1. A tuft or shred of cotton or wool or anything resembling it.
2. A small lobe of the cerebellum at the posterior border of the middle cerebellar peduncle anterior to the biventer lobule; it is associated with the nodulus of the vermis; together, these two structures compose the flocculonodular lobe (vestibular part) of the cerebellum.
Synonym(s): floccule
[Mod. L. dim. of L. floccus, a tuft of wool]


A small, loosely held mass or aggregate of fine particles, resembling a tuft of wool and suspended in or precipitated from a solution.


An older term for a fluffy precipitate seen in a flocculation-type antigen-antibody reaction.
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Iron floccules from Cattai Creek were observed extending for distances in excess of 1 kilometer downstream of its confluence with the Manning River and contaminated partially acidified and pH neutral waters in this estuary.
Iron floccules were observed grossly in oysters removed from field sites exposed to ASS-affected waters (Dove & Sammut in press).
Although both Al-PAM and HPAM can induce flocculation of clay fines, the size, shape, and structure of the floccules formed by these two polymers are different.
Therefore, that which the permeability experiments seek to investigate is destroyed prior to the flocculation experiments, which involve edge-to-face interactions and the formation of open card-house floccules.
P(MVT-VT) P(MVT-VT) Membranes PVT (MVT% = 37 mol%) (MVT% = 59 mol%) Floccules time (min) 20 70 85
f], a key parameter in assessing the floccules sedimentation rate, can be calculated through the following relation: