The minor component in a solution, dissolved in the solvent.
- Solubility can be affected by such processes as hydrogen bonding between the solute and solvent.
- The solute is placed in the solvent and the concentrated solute slowly breaks into pieces.
- In aqueous solutions, water is the solvent and all dissolved substances are solutes.
Late 19th century: from Latin solutum, neuter of solutus 'loosened', past participle of the verb solvere.
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