diluent

noun
dil·​u·​ent | \ ˈdil-yə-wənt How to pronounce diluent (audio) , -yü-ənt\

Definition of diluent

: a diluting agent (such as the vehicle in a medicinal preparation)

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Sanctions could take the shape of cutting off those purchases, though an equally effective tactic would be refusing to sell Venezuela the diluent that makes its crude marketable. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Why the Oil Market Is Shrugging at Venezuela," 24 Jan. 2019 The second situation would play out if the U.S. halts exports to Venezuela of a product called diluent, which allows the thick oil to be transported. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Brewing Oil Shock May Be Bigger Than Iran’s," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of diluent

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diluent

Latin diluent-, diluens, present participle of diluere

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diluent

noun
dil·​u·​ent | \ ˈdil-yə-wənt How to pronounce diluent (audio) \

Medical Definition of diluent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a diluting agent (as the vehicle in a medicinal preparation)

diluent

adjective

Medical Definition of diluent (Entry 2 of 2)

: making thinner or less concentrated by admixture : diluting

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