Definition for DIS-SOLV'ENT


  1. Any thing which has the power or quality of melting, or converting a solid substance into a fluid, or of separating the parts of a fixed body so that they mix with a liquid; as, water is a dissolvent of salts and earths. It is otherwise called a menstruum.
  2. In medicine, a remedy supposed capable of dissolving concretions in the body, such as calculi, tubercles, &c. – Parr.

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