Wine Analysis Home
- Solvent is usually a liquid able to dissolve particular substances.
- The substance being dissolved is called the solute, which is usually a solid, however can be a liquid or a gas.
- The solvent containing the dissolved solute together is called a solution.
- A solution is therefore a homogeneous, single phase (as one) mixture of the solute and solvent.
A liquid with suspended solids (heterogenous mixture), or super fine suspended solids (colloids), are not solutions.
- The type of substances a solvent is able to dissolve tends to follow the rule where "like dissolves like".
- There are many kinds of solvents with water being the most common where the dissolving action is termed hydration (see the solvent action of water).