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(English) The term usually implies the removal of solid particle material. Macroflotation is the removal of macroscopic particles; microflotation (also called colloid flotation), which is the removal of microscopic particles, particularly colloids or micro-organisms; molecular flotation which is the removal of surface inactive molecules, involves the use of a collector (surfactant) which yields an insoluble product; precipitate flotation, in which a precipitate is removed by a collector which is not the precipitating agent.

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