# What is a solution that holds more dissolved solute than is required to reach equilibrium at a given temperature?

A $\text{supersaturated solution............}$
A $\text{saturated solution}$ holds an amount of solute equal to that amount that would be in equilibrium with undissolved solute. A $\text{supersaturated solution}$ solution holds an amount of solute GREATER than that amount of solute that would be equilibrium with undissolved. $\text{Supersaturation}$ and is thus a metastable condition. In this context, $\text{saturation}$ thus describes an equilibrium condition.