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Having power to dissolve power to dissolve a solid body; as, the dissolvent juices of the stomach.

Origin: L. Dissolvens, -entis, p. Pr. Of dissolvere.

1. That which has the power of dissolving or melting other substances, especially. By mixture with them; a menstruum; a solvent. Melted in the crucible dissolvents. (a. Smith) The secret treaty of december acted as an immediate dissolvent to the truce. (Mothley)

2. (Science: medicine) a remedy supposed capable of dissolving concretions in the body, such as calculi, tubercles, etc.