verb (used with object), su·per·sat·u·rat·ed, su·per·sat·u·rat·ing.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for supersaturated

Historical Examples of supersaturated

  • But the white-collar ranks were teeming, overflowing, supersaturated.


    Philip Wylie

  • In the technical language of chemists and physicists it begins to get supersaturated.

    Falling in Love

    Grant Allen

  • Two of these solutions, however, would be metastable and supersaturated with respect to the decahydrate.

  • To the right of the series of curves the diagram represents unsaturated solutions; to the left, supersaturated.

  • A solution which is saturated with respect to double salt alone will be supersaturated with respect to potassium chloride.

British Dictionary definitions for supersaturated


  1. (of a solution) containing more solute than a saturated solution and therefore not in equilibrium
  2. (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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

supersaturated in Medicine


  1. 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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