sol·​u·​ble | \ ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

Definition of soluble

1 : susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a liquid and especially water
2 : subject to being solved or explained soluble questions

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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

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Similarly, some dog foods contain prebiotics, such as soluble fibers that feed good bacteria, but there is only limited evidence of these foods effectively improving the health of the gut microbiome. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: The benefits of a balanced microbiome," 13 July 2019 Eight that made the cut: beta-glucan soluble fiber, psyllium husk (the stuff found in Metamucil), cellulose, guar gum, pectin, locust bean gum, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, and cross linked phosphorylated RS4. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 12 July 2019 Unlike the air-trapping ice on the surface world, marine ice forms under higher pressures where air is more soluble and consequently tends to lack bubbles. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Icebergs can be emerald green. Now we know why.," 15 Mar. 2019 The company has also filed a patent for a second process that binds the cannabis compounds to water-soluble proteins rather than glucose molecules. Kristine Owram,, "Scientists Are Racing to Make Weed As Easy to Drink as Beer," 6 Feb. 2019 For starters, there are actually two different kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?," 15 May 2019 Unlike thick black oil slicks commonly associated with environmental disasters, like BP’s oil spill in 2010 or the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, this type of oil is colorless, partially soluble in water, and only liquid under certain conditions. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "What The China Oil Spill Means For Seafood," 18 Jan. 2018 Hint: In most cases, water-soluble products (like bleach) can be flushed down the drain or toilet with running water, and solid cleaning products like bar soaps and scouring pads can go in the trash. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 In a study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, people who ate more soluble fiber accumulated less visceral fat. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of soluble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soluble

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

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English Language Learners Definition of soluble

: capable of being dissolved in a liquid
formal : capable of being solved or explained


sol·​u·​ble | \ ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

Kids Definition of soluble

1 : capable of being dissolved in liquid Sugar is soluble in water.
2 : capable of being solved or explained a soluble problem


sol·​u·​ble | \ ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

Medical Definition of soluble

1 : susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a fluid
2 : capable of being emulsified a soluble oil

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