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solvent

[sol-vuh nt] /ˈsɒl vənt/
adjective
1.
able to pay all just debts.
2.
having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
noun
3.
a substance that dissolves another to form a solution:
Water is a solvent for sugar.
4.
something that solves or explains.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin solvent- (stem of solvēns), present participle of solvere to loosen. See solve, -ent
Related forms
solventless, adjective
solvently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for solventless

solvent

/ˈsɒlvənt/
adjective
1.
capable of meeting financial obligations
2.
(of a substance, esp a liquid) capable of dissolving another substance
noun
3.
a liquid capable of dissolving another substance: water is a solvent for salt
4.
the component of a solution that does not change its state in forming the solution or the component that is present in excess Compare solute
5.
something that solves
Derived Forms
solvently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin solvēns releasing, from solvere to free, solve
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Word Origin and History for solventless

solvent

adj.

1650s, "able to pay all one owes," from French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative solvens), present participle of solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve).

n.

"substance able to dissolve other substances," 1670s, from Latin solventem (see solvent (n.)).

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solventless in Medicine

solvent sol·vent (sŏl'vənt)
adj.
Capable of dissolving another substance. n.

  1. A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.

  2. A substance capable of dissolving another substance.

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solventless in Science
solvent
  (sŏl'vənt)   
A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.
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