solvent

  

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1.State of financial soundness whereby an entity can meet its monetary obligations as they fall due.
2.Liquid (such as water) in which other substances can be dissolved without chemically altering the solvent and the dissolved substance (called the solute).
3.Organic (such as hydrocarbons) or inorganic (such as acids) chemical compound used in industrial cleaning processes to dissolve, disperse, or carry solids, gases, or other liquids. There are hundreds of industrial solvents and many can pass rapidly through skin into bloodstream to cause cancer or injury to body organs (usually kidney and liver) or central nervous system. Many of them persist in nature (are not biodegradable) and pollute air, water, and soil, resulting in damage to animate and inanimate environment.

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  • The solvent was so powerful that it was able to dissolve the industrial glue that had spilled, attaching the vice grips to the surface of the worktable.

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  • He used a solvent in his chemistry class to dissolve the metal, which he them mixed with another solution to create a precipitate.

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  • After many years of research without being able to bring a product to market, the company has run out of money and is no longer solvent.

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