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unsaturated

[uhn-sach-uh-rey-tid]
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adjective
  1. not saturated; having the power to dissolve still more of a substance.
  2. Chemistry. (of an organic compound) having a double or triple bond and capable of taking on elements or groups by direct chemical combination without the liberation of other elements or compounds, as ethylene, CH2=CH2; undersaturated.

Origin of unsaturated

First recorded in 1750–60; un-1 + saturated
Related formsun·sat·u·rate [uhn-sach-er-it, -uh-reyt] /ʌnˈsætʃ ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt/, nounun·sat·u·ra·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It is, therefore, a hydrocarbon of a very high degree of unsaturation.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher


British Dictionary definitions for unsaturation

unsaturated

adjective
  1. not saturated
  2. (of a chemical compound, esp an organic compound) containing one or more double or triple bonds and thus capable of undergoing addition reactions
  3. (of a fat, esp a vegetable fat) containing a high proportion of fatty acids having double bonds
  4. (of a solution) containing less solute than a saturated solution
Derived Formsunsaturation, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsaturation

unsaturated

adj.

1756, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of saturate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unsaturation in Medicine

monounsaturated

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adj.
  1. Of or relating to long-chain carbon compounds, especially fatty acids, having one double bond per molecule. Foods containing monounsaturated fatty acids may decrease the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood.
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unsaturation in Science

unsaturated

[ŭn-săchə-rā′tĭd]
  1. Relating to an organic compound in which two or more of the carbon atoms are joined by a double or triple bond and therefore can be combined with additional atoms or radicals. Benzene and acetylene are examples of unsaturated compounds. Compare saturated See also monounsaturated polyunsaturated.
  2. Relating to a solution that is capable of dissolving more solute than it already contains.
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