soluble

adjective

sol·​u·​ble ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio)
1
: susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a liquid and especially water
2
: subject to being solved or explained
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Soluble looks like a word that should be confined to chemistry labs, though it's often used by nonchemists as well to describe substances that can be dissolved in liquids. On the other hand, the sense of soluble meaning "solvable" is also quite common. In this sense, soluble, like its opposite, insoluble, is usually paired with problem. If only all life's problems were soluble by stirring them in a container filled with water.

Examples of soluble in a Sentence

Sugar is soluble in water. one murder case that proved to be soluble after all
Recent Examples on the Web Research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that for every 10 gram increase in dietary soluble fiber, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7%. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 This soluble fiber is found in many plants, such as barley, chicory, garlic, and Jerusalem artichoke. Julia Ries, Health, 14 Jan. 2024 In some of the soybeans, over a quarter of the soluble proteins were identified as pig. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 2 Jan. 2024 First, paste three cotton balls together with water soluble glue. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 This breakdown of sugar in the liver to a soluble, circulating form is known as gluconeogenesis, and GLP-1 functions to suppress and stop this process. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Li says that the insoluble components of such rocks could be separated and buried for carbon sequestration, while the soluble potassium and sodium bicarbonates could be converted in their electrolyzer to metal-formate fuels. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Nov. 2023 Enzymes are soluble proteins that cause natural reactions that can improve certain products. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Then either hole-punch in two eyes or use water soluble glue to paste on two orange round candy toppings. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French, digestible, laxative, from Late Latin solubilis, from Latin solvere to loosen, dissolve — more at solve

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of soluble was in the 15th century

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“Soluble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soluble. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

soluble

adjective
sol·​u·​ble ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio)
1
: capable of being dissolved in a liquid
sugar is soluble in water
2
: capable of being solved or explained : solvable
a soluble problem

Medical Definition

soluble

adjective
sol·​u·​ble ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio)
1
: susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a fluid
2
: capable of being emulsified
a soluble oil

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