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Universal solvent



(1) A substance capable of dissolving all or a large variety of substances.

(2) An alkahest.


Water is at times recognized as a universal solvent because of the many substances that it can dissolve. However, water is not capable of dissolving all substances, especially those that are nonpolar or hydrophobic in nature.

Synonym: alkahest

See also: water

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