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The drawing of a liquid up the inside of a small-bore tube when adhesive forces exceed cohesive forces, or the depression of the surface of the liquid when cohesive forces exceed the adhesive forces.

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End Point

The point at which an indicator changes colour and a titration is stopped.

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A neutron ejected at high kinetic energy in a nuclear reaction.

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Hydrolysis

The reaction of a substance with water or its ions.

Lewis Acid

Any species that can accept a share in an electron pair.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

The universe tends toward a state of greater diorder in spontaneous processes.

Saturated Solution

Solution in which no more solute will dissolve.

Adhesive Forces

Forces of attraction between a liquid and another surface.

Percentage Ionization

The percentage of the weak electrolyte that ionizes in a solution of given concentration.

Weak Electrolyte

A substance that conducts electricity poorly in a dilute aqueous solution.