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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]
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A small, loosely held mass or aggregate of fine particles, resembling a tuft of wool and suspended in or precipitated from a solution.
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An older term for a fluffy precipitate seen in a flocculation-type antigen-antibody reaction.
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During the heating process, homogenized tendons of some treatment groups reunited and they were homogenized again to ensure uniform floccule formation.
CMCNa, however developed floccules after 17 days at 7[degrees]C, although its consistency was as good as Parachlor gel.
As a result, the floccules are formed and clay swelling is reduced.
Of course, these methods only measure the sludge filtration ability and do not give any information on the dewatered sludge's moisture content (part of the water in a sludge floccule is in the from of water bonding which is not easily extracted by mechanical techniques).
All oysters removed from Treatments 4 and 5 displayed gross signs of iron floccules in the shell fluid and on the gill surface.
Murine monoclonal antibody adsorbed onto vinylidene fluoride floccules used to eliminate antibody interference in "sandwich"-type immunoassays.
1, the R value (B) of the total CS absorbed to stearic acid was appreciably higher than that (C) after the floccules were washed with anhydrous diethyl ether and the ratio (A) of n([COO.sup.-])/n([NH.sub.3.sup.+]).
CNTs, either containing CCFs or free from CCFs, resulted in floccules formation when Ca[(OH).sub.2] was added to the dispersion, indicating reaction between the surface functional groups of CNT and [Ca.sup.2+] ions.
The formation of large floccules also increased the settling rate of the fine solids in the tailings.
Red and pearly-white floccules were commonly observed in the water during the initial three months of the experiment at Sites 4, 5, 6, and 7: indicative of high concentrations of suspended iron and aluminum, respectively.
However, they provided no evidence that the clay crystals in the entities formed were in parallel or near parallel alignment, so they were probably investigating the characteristics of floccules rather than clay domains as they suggest.
The chemical oxidation stability of the membranes was estimated by the appearance time of floccules of the small pieces of the membranes in Fenton reagent (a 3% [H.sub.2][O.sub.2] aqueous solution containing 2 ppm [FeSO.sub.4]) at 80 [degrees]C (22).