Definitions for micellemɪˈsɛl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an electrically charged colloidal particle formed by an aggregate of molecules.
Category: Chemistry, Biochemistry
an organized structural unit composed of such particles.
Category: Biochemistry, Chemistry
Origin of micelle:
1880–85; < G Micell (1877) < L mīc(a) crumb, grain +-ella -elle
an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergents
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
Origin: micella, from mica + -ella