serving to dilute; diluting.
a diluting substance.

1715–25; < Latin dīluent- (stem of dīluēns), present participle of dīluere to dilute; see -ent

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diluent (ˈdɪljʊənt)
1.  causing dilution or serving to dilute
2.  a substance used for or causing dilution
[C18: from Latin dīluēns dissolving; see dilute]

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diluent dil·u·ent (dĭl'yōō-ənt)
Serving to dilute. n.
A substance that dilutes the strength of a solution or mixture.

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Continue efforts to correlate extraction distributions to physical properties of the diluent.
The diluent, which has similar characteristics to diesel can have a highly toxic affect on the environment.
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Use only the diluent supplied by the vaccine manufacturer.
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