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What is "peptization" ?


Peptization may be defined as the process of converting a precipitate into colloidal sol by shaking it with dispersion medium in the presence of a small amount of electrolyte. The electrolyte used for this purpose is called peptizing agent. This method is applied, generally, to convert a freshly prepared precipitate into a colloidal sol. 
For example, when freshly precipitated Fe(OH)3 is shaken with aqueous solution of FeCl3(peptizing agent) it adsorbs Fe+3 ions and thereby breaks up into small – sized particles.

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