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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chemical reaction in which the solute and solvent react to form a new compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any reaction, between a solute and its solvent, in which one or more bonds of the solute are broken; specifically a substitution, elimination or fragmentation reaction in which the solvent is the nucleophile


solv(ent) + -lysis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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