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saturated

[sach-uh-rey-tid] /ˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
soaked, impregnated, or imbued thoroughly; charged thoroughly or completely; brought to a state of saturation.
2.
(of colors) of maximum chroma or purity; of the highest intensity of hue; free from admixture of white.
3.
Chemistry.
  1. (of a solution) containing the maximum amount of solute capable of being dissolved under given conditions.
  2. (of an organic compound) containing no double or triple bonds; having each single bond attached to an atom or group.
  3. (of an inorganic compound) having no free valence electrons.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; saturate + -ed2
Related forms
nonsaturated, adjective
subsaturated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subsaturated

saturated

/ˈsætʃəˌreɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(of a solution or solvent) containing the maximum amount of solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature and pressure See also supersaturated
2.
(of a colour) having a large degree of saturation
3.
(of a chemical compound)
  1. containing no multiple bonds and thus being incapable of undergoing additional reactions: a saturated hydrocarbon
  2. containing no unpaired valence electrons
4.
(of a fat, esp an animal fat) containing a high proportion of fatty acids having single bonds See also polyunsaturated, unsaturated
5.
(of a vapour) containing the equilibrium amount of gaseous material at a given temperature and pressure See also supersaturated
6.
(of a magnetic material) fully magnetized
7.
extremely wet; soaked
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subsaturated in Medicine

saturated adj.

  1. Unable to hold or contain more; full.

  2. Soaked with moisture; drenched.

  3. Combined with or containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.

  4. Having all available valence bonds filled. Used especially of organic compounds.

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subsaturated in Science
saturated
  (sāch'ə-rā'tĭd)   

  1. Relating to an organic compound in which all the carbon atoms are joined by single bonds and therefore cannot be combined with any additional atoms or radicals. Propane and cyclopentane are examples of saturated hydrocarbons. Compare unsaturated.

  2. Relating to a solution that is unable to dissolve more of a solute.

  3. Containing as much water vapor as is possible at a given temperature. Air that is saturated has a relative humidity of 100 percent.


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Slang definitions & phrases for subsaturated

saturated

adjective

Drunk: to keep them saturated indefinitely (1902+)


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