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[uhn-der-sach-uh-rey-tid] /ˌʌn dərˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd/
adjective, Chemistry
unsaturated (def 2).
Origin of undersaturated
1820-30; under- + saturated
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undersaturation, noun Unabridged
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  • The reverse process occurs if an existing solid is found to be undersaturated with respect to the solution.
  • The controller uses different strategies for undersaturated and oversaturated conditions.
  • The waters are all undersaturated with gypsum and anhydrite and are at or near saturation with amorphous silica.
  • If undersaturated, the water can dissolve the solid phase.
  • Pyrite, jarosite, anhydrite and arsenic phases are undersaturated.
  • The iron will oxidize and generate low pH water that is undersaturated with calcite.
  • The first goal is to resolve the surface reaction mechanisms for pyrite dissolution at undersaturated conditions.
  • Immediately following rapid strain steps, the sample became undersaturated and recharge volume lagged behind true porosity.
British Dictionary definitions for undersaturated


(of an igneous rock) having a low silica content
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