|1.||a chemical compound containing water that is chemically combined with a substance and can usually be expelled without changing the constitution of the substance|
|2.||a chemical compound that can dissociate reversibly into water and another compound. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) dissociates into sulphur trioxide (SO3) and water (H2O)|
|3.||(not in technical usage) a chemical compound, such as a carbohydrate, that contains hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the ratio two to one|
|4.||to undergo or cause to undergo treatment or impregnation with water|
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hydrate hy·drate (hī'drāt')
A solid compound containing water molecules combined in a definite ratio as an integral part of a crystal. v. hy·drat·ed, hy·drat·ing, hy·drates
To supply water to a person or thing in order to restore or maintain fluid balance.
|hydrate (hī'drāt') Pronunciation Key
Noun A compound produced by combining a substance chemically with water. Many minerals and crystalline substances are hydrates.