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Related to dissolvent: dissolving agent
Capable of dissolving a substance; solvent.
(Chemistry) a rare word for solvent3
(Chemistry) able to dissolve
1. capable of dissolving another substance.n.
[1640–50; < Latin]
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|Noun||1.||dissolvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"|
acetone, dimethyl ketone, propanone - the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics
chlorobenzene - a colorless volatile flammable liquid with an almond odor that is made from chlorine and benzene; used as a solvent and in the production of phenol and DDT and other organic compounds
carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene, oxybenzene, phenylic acid, phenol - a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally
carbon tet, carbon tetrachloride, perchloromethane, tetrachloromethane - a colorless nonflammable liquid used as a solvent for fats and oils; because of its toxicity its use as a cleaning fluid or fire extinguisher has declined
medium - an intervening substance through which something is achieved; "the dissolving medium is called a solvent"
hexane - a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent
menstruum - (archaic) a solvent
naphtha - any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents
remover - a solvent that removes a substance (usually from a surface); "paint remover"; "rust remover"; "hair remover"
methylbenzene, toluene - a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels