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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dissolving agent mean? 

  The noun DISSOLVING AGENT has 1 sense:

1. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances

  Familiarity information: DISSOLVING AGENT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1dissolving agent [BACK TO TOP]


A liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances

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Nouns denoting substances


dissolvent; dissolver; dissolving agent; resolvent; solvent

Context example:

the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution

Hypernyms ("dissolving agent" is a kind of...):

medium (an intervening substance through which something is achieved)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dissolving agent"):

acetone; dimethyl ketone; propanone (the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics)

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)

alcahest; alkahest; universal solvent (hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists)

remover (a solvent that removes a substance (usually from a surface))

naphtha (any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents)

menstruum ((archaic) a solvent)

hexane (a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent)

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)

carbolic acid; hydroxybenzene; oxybenzene; phenol; phenylic acid (a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally)

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)

xylene; xylol (a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent)

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