[ sach-uh-rey-tid ]
/ ˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd /


soaked, impregnated, or imbued thoroughly; charged thoroughly or completely; brought to a state of saturation.
(of colors) of maximum chroma or purity; of the highest intensity of hue; free from admixture of white.
  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 of saturated

First recorded in 1660–70; saturate + -ed2


non·sat·u·rat·ed, adjectivesub·sat·u·rat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for subsaturated

/ (ˈsætʃəˌreɪtɪd) /


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Medicine definitions for subsaturated

[ săchə-rā′tĭd ]


Unable to hold or contain more; full.
Soaked with moisture; drenched.
Combined with or containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.
Having all available valence bonds filled. Used especially of organic compounds.
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Science definitions for subsaturated

[ săchə-rā′tĭd ]

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