noun \sə-ˈlü-shən\

: something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem : something that solves a problem

: the act of solving something

: a correct answer to a problem, puzzle, etc.

Full Definition of SOLUTION

a :  an action or process of solving a problem
b :  an answer to a problem :  explanation; specifically :  a set of values of the variables that satisfies an equation
a :  an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid
b :  a homogeneous mixture formed by this process; especially :  a single-phase liquid system
c :  the condition of being dissolved
:  a bringing or coming to an end or into a state of discontinuity

Examples of SOLUTION

  1. Medication may not be the best solution for the patient's condition.
  2. The solution is simple you need to spend less money.
  3. She made a solution of baking soda and water.
  4. a 40 percent saline solution
  5. He rinsed the contact lens with saline solution.
  6. the solution of sucrose in water

Origin of SOLUTION

Middle English solucion explanation, dispersal of bodily humors, from Anglo-French, from Latin solution-, solutio, from solvere to loosen, solve
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SOLUTION

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous


noun \sə-ˈlü-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SOLUTION

a : an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid—called also dissolution b : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process
a : a liquid containing a dissolved substance <an aqueous solution> b : a liquid and usually aqueous medicinal preparation with the solid ingredients soluble c : the condition of being dissolved <a substance in solution>


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In chemistry, a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances in relative amounts that can vary continuously up to the limit of solubility (saturation), if any, of one in the other. Most solutions are liquids, but solutions also can be of gases or solids—for example, air (composed primarily of oxygen and nitrogen) or brass (composed chiefly of copper and zinc; see alloy). In solutions comprising a solid dissolved in a liquid, the liquid is the solvent, and the solid is the solute; if both components are liquids, the one present in a smaller amount is usually considered the solute. If the saturation point is passed, excess solute separates out. Substances with ionic bonds (e.g., salts) and many with covalent bonds (e.g., acids, bases, alcohols) undergo dissociation into ions on dissolving and are called electrolytes. Their solutions can conduct electricity and have other properties that differ from those of nonelectrolytes. Solutions are involved in most chemical reactions, refining and purification, industrial processing, and biological processes.


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