sol·​u·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsäl-yə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce solubility (audio) \

Definition of solubility

1 : the quality or state of being soluble
2 : the amount of a substance that will dissolve in a given amount of another substance

Examples of solubility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gas solubility decreases with warming temperatures; that is, warmer water holds less oxygen. Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2021 The biggest change has to happen on the global level: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will stop lake waters from warming and losing solubility. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, 29 June 2021 Then, as the elements mix, solubility and chemical reactions come into play. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2019 Eventually, people realized water-solubility can be a benefit when wood is partly wet and partly dry. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 24 June 2019 So the researchers calculated the solubility of molecular oxygen in brines close to the Martian surface (since the oxygen is in equilibrium with the atmosphere) with varying levels of different salts at temperatures ranging from 140 to 300 Kelvin. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2018 In fact, iron solubility (a measure of how much of the mineral would be available to humans) was significantly higher for insects than for sirloin beef. Amanda Macmillan,, 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of solubility

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of solubility was in 1661

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30 Nov 2021

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“Solubility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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sol·​u·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsäl-yə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce solubility (audio) \
plural solubilities

Medical Definition of solubility

1 : the quality or state of being soluble
2 : the amount of a substance that will dissolve in a given amount of another substance and is typically expressed as the number of parts by weight dissolved by 100 parts of solvent at a specified temperature and pressure or as percent by weight or by volume

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