# What is meant by the term saturated?

Oct 5, 2016

You mean $\text{saturated}$ with respect to $\text{solutions}$?

#### Explanation:

With respect to $\text{solutions}$, a $\text{saturated solution}$ is a solution that has the same concentration it would have if it were in equilibrium with undissolved solute. In other words $\text{saturation}$ defines an $\text{equilibrium property}$, and a temperature is normally specified because a hot solution can (generally) dissolve more solute than a cold one.

See these answers for more context:

https://socratic.org/questions/how-do-you-make-saturated-solution-of-sodium-nitrate

https://socratic.org/questions/proper-defination-of-unsaturated-soln

https://socratic.org/questions/a-teacher-makes-a-saturated-solution-of-potassium-chlorate-in-100g-of-50-c-water

I just thought that you might mean saturated and unsaturated with respect to carbon atoms. That is a whole other story.