Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sol-va'shun

Definition: Noncovalent or easily reversible combination of a solvent with solute, or of a dispersion means with the disperse phase; if the solvent is water, solvation is called hydration. Solvation affects the size of ions in solution, thus Na+ is much larger in H2O than in solid NaCl.

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.