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solution

Pronunciation: so-lu'shun

Definition:

  1. The incorporation of a solid, liquid, or gas into a liquid or noncrystalline solid resulting in a homogeneous single phase.
  2. Generally, an aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
  3. In the language of the Pharmacopeia, an aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance is called a solution or liquor; an aqueous solution of a volatile substance is a water (aqua); an alcoholic solution of a nonvolatile substance is a tincture (tinctura); an alcoholic solution of a volatile substance is a spirit (spiritus); a solution in vinegar is a vinegar (acetum); a solution in glycerin is a glycerol (glyceritum); a solution in wine is a wine (vinum); a solution of sugar in water is a syrup (syrupus); a solution of a mucilaginous substance is a mucilage (mucilago); a solution of an alkaloid or metallic oxide in oleic acid is an oleate (oleatum).
  4. The termination of a disease by crisis.
  5. A break, cut, or laceration of the solid tissues.

Synonym(s): solutio

[L. solutio]

See Also: dispersion, suspension

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