Definitions for coacervatekoʊˈæs ər vɪt, -ˌveɪt, ˌkoʊ əˈsɜr vɪt; -ˌveɪt, -veɪt
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The microsphere droplet that result from coacervation
Clumped together, clustered.
Origin: From coacervatus.
raised into a pile; collected into a crowd; heaped
to heap up; to pile
Origin: [L. coacervatus, p. p. of coacervare to heap up; co- + acervare. See Acervate.]
A coacervate is a tiny spherical droplet of assorted organic molecules which is held together by hydrophobic forces from a surrounding liquid. Coacervates were famously proposed by Alexander Oparin as crucial in his early theory of abiogenesis. This theory proposes that metabolism predated information replication. The debate as to whether metabolism or molecules capable of Template replication came first in the origins of life remains open and for decades Oparin's theory was the leading approach to the origin of life question. Coacervates measure 1 to 100 micrometers across, possess osmotic properties and form spontaneously from certain dilute organic solutions. Their name derives from the Latin coacervare, meaning "to assemble together or cluster".
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