What is meant by term buffer solution?

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May 5, 2018

A buffer solution is a solution which resists changes in pH when an acid or alkali is added to it.


A buffer solution to be more precise is an aqueous solution consisting of a mixture of a weak acid and its conjugate base , or vice versa.

Its pH changes very little when a small amount of strong acid or base is added to it.

Buffer solutions are used as a means of keeping pH at a nearly constant value in a wide variety of chemical applications . In nature, there are many systems that use buffering for pH regulation.

For example, the bicarbonate buffering system is used to regulate the pH of blood .