supersaturate

[ soo-per-sach-uh-reyt ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsætʃ əˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), su·per·sat·u·rat·ed, su·per·sat·u·rat·ing.

to increase the concentration of (a solution) beyond saturation; saturate abnormally.

Origin of supersaturate

First recorded in 1750–60; super- + saturate
Related formssu·per·sat·u·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for supersaturated

supersaturated

/ (ˌsuːpəˈsætʃəˌreɪtɪd) /

adjective

(of a solution) containing more solute than a saturated solution and therefore not in equilibrium
(of a vapour) containing more material than a saturated vapour and therefore not in equilibrium
Derived Formssupersaturation, noun
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Word Origin and History for supersaturated

supersaturated


adj.

1794, past participle adjective from supersaturate (1788), from super- + saturate (v.).

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Medicine definitions for supersaturated

supersaturate

[ sōō′pər-săchə-rāt′ ]

v.

To cause a chemical solution to be more highly concentrated than is normally possible under certain conditions of temperature and pressure.
Related formssu′per•sat′u•ration n.
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