micelle
noun Etymology: New Latin micella, from Latin mica Date: 1881 a unit of structure built up from polymeric molecules or ions: as a. an ordered region in a fiber (as of cellulose or rayon) b. a molecular aggregate that constitutes a colloidal particle • micellar adjective

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