unsaturated definition by Webster's New World
- not saturated
- designating or of a compound in which some element possesses the capacity of combining further with other elements
- designating or of a solution that is not in equilibrium with the undissolved solute
- designating an organic compound with a double or triple bond that links two atoms, usually of carbon
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- unsaturation noun
unsaturated definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Of or relating to an organic compound, especially a fatty acid, containing one or more double or triple bonds between the carbon atoms.
- Capable of dissolving more of a solute at a given temperature.
- unˌsat·u·raˈtion noun
unsaturated - Medical Definition
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- Of or relating to a solution in which the solvent is capable of dissolving still more of the solute; not saturated.
- Of or relating to a chemical compound in which all the affinities are not satisfied, so that still other atoms or radicals may be added to it.
- Of or relating to chemical compounds containing double and triple bonds.
unsaturated - Science Definition
- Relating to an organic compound in which two or more of the carbon atoms are joined by a double or triple bond and therefore can be combined with additional atoms or radicals. Benzene and acetylene are examples of unsaturated compounds. Compare saturated.See also monounsaturated, polyunsaturated.
- Relating to a solution that is capable of dissolving more solute than it already contains.
a molecule of benzene