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, spatter (splat′ĕr) (spat′ĕr)
The airborne distribution of particles, e.g., during dental or surgical procedures.


To avoid exposure to potentially infectious agents or other hazardous particles during procedures in which splatter is anticipated, exposed personnel should wear protective equipment such as goggles, mask or faceshield, gowns, and gloves.


Colloq. for airborne particles larger than 10 mcm in diameter. Unlike aerosols, splatter is often visible after it lands on objects (e.g., spectacles, protective eyewear, dental uniforms, skin, hair, or other surfaces).
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The Kuhn Rikon Mixer Splatter Guard is specially designed to keep flyaway bits in the bowl during mixing.
I focused the lesson on the principles of design to give students a goal for their paintings and as a means to control the chaos of splatter painting.
Piercy agrees that some splatter is probably inevitable by the end of the school day.
Here, metallic copper and gold splatters among navy and umber only gild the obvious: Despite somehow abjuring psychological and existential aspects, the work smacks of expressionism (the strip-mall variety).
Employing distorting lenses, shadowy compositions punctuated by splatters of vivid color and all manner of weird angles and foreground clutter, he comes close to approximating the elongated, twisted hellscapes of Bacon's paintings.
In all of these paintings, complex, interlocking forms suggestive of urban architecture and grid-plans are partly obscured by mysterious blurs and splatters of paint.
In Floor Painting, 1993, he covered the gallery floor with an extravaganza of splatters, drips, and pours in three shades of gray enamel with obvious reference to you know who.
We saw paintings commingling Abstract Expressionist gestures and splatters, body prints, serial imagery, and comic and newsprint collages, as well as works that play through reductivist, materialist and informel agendas.