from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A submicroscopic aggregation of molecules, as a droplet in a colloidal system.
- n. An organic particle of colloidal size found in coal.
- n. A coherent strand or structure in natural or synthetic fibers.
- n. A submicroscopic structural unit of protoplasm, composed of a cluster of molecules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a colloidal aggregate, in a simple geometric form, of a specific number of amphipathic molecules which forms at a well-defined concentration, called the critical micelle concentration
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergents
New Latin mīcella, from Latin mīca, grain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin micella, from mica ("crumb") + -ella (Wiktionary)