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Saturated Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Saturated

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Ethane is an example of an unsaturated compound.

Ethane is an example of an unsaturated compound.

Todd Helmenstine
Saturated Definition #1: as in a saturated compound. A substance in which the atoms are linked by single bonds. A fully saturated compound contains no double or triple bonds.

Example: ethane (C2H6)

 

Saturated Definition #2: as in a saturated solution. In this context, saturated refers to a point of maximum concentration, in which no more solute may be dissolved in a solvent.

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