Solvent Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Solvent

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Sometimes water is called the universal solvent.
Sometimes water is called the universal solvent. ballyscanlon, Getty Images
Solvent Definition: The component of a solution that is present in the greatest amount. It is the substance in which the solute is dissolved.

Examples: The solvent for seawater is water. The solvent for air is nitrogen.