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Solution

Definition
noun, plural: solutions
(chemistry)
A type of homogenous mixture in which the particles of one or more substances (the solute) are distributed uniformly throughout another substance (the solvent).
Supplement
A solution typically consists of the dissolved material called the solute and the dissolving agent called the solvent. A common example is sugar (the solute) dissolved in water (the solvent).
Word origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin solūtiō, solūtiōn-, from solūtus, past participle of solvere, to loosen.
Related forms: solutional (adjective).

Related phrases: volumetric solution, aqueous solution, salt solution, locke-ringer solution, geys solution, dakins solution, solution of continuity, lactated ringers solution, langes solution, weigerts iodine solution.
Compare: colloid, suspension.

See also: solute, solvent.


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