AskDefine | Define unsaturated

Dictionary Definition

unsaturated adj
1 not saturated; capable of dissolving more of a substance at a given temperature; "an unsaturated salt solution" [ant: saturated]
2 used of a compound (especially of carbon) containing atoms sharing more than one valence bond; "unsaturated fats" [ant: saturated]
3 (of color) not chromatically pure; diluted; "an unsaturated red" [ant: saturated]

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English

Adjective

  1. In the context of "chemistry|of a solution": Not saturated; capable of dissolving more of a solute at the same temperature.
  2. Of a compound containing atoms sharing more than one valence bond, especially of an organic compound having one or more double bonds or triple bonds between carbon atoms.
  3. In the context of "of a colour": Not chromatically pure; diluted.

Translations

capable of dissolving more solute
  • Chinese: 不飽和, 不饱和
  • Greek: ακόρεστος
  • Italian: insaturo
  • Swedish: omättad
having one or more double bonds or triple bonds between carbon atoms
  • Greek: ακόρεστος
  • Italian: insaturo
  • Swedish: omättad
not chromatically pure
  • Swedish: omättad

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Saturation or saturated generally means "thoroughly full", while unsaturated means less than full. These terms may be related to:
unsaturated in Czech: Saturace
unsaturated in French: Saturation
unsaturated in Italian: Saturazione
unsaturated in Japanese: 飽和
unsaturated in Norwegian: Metning
unsaturated in Polish: Saturacja
unsaturated in Russian: Насыщенность
unsaturated in Simple English: Saturation
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