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solvation

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.

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