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saturate

Pronunciation: satch'u-rat

Definition:

  1. To impregnate to the greatest possible extent.
  2. To neutralize; to satisfy all the chemical affinities of a substance (as by converting all double bonds to single bonds).
  3. To dissolve a substance up to that concentration beyond which the addition of more results in two phases.

[L. saturo, pp. -atus, to fill, fr. satur, sated]

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