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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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xylic acid

Any of six colorless, crystalline, isomeric acids having the formula C9H10O2, derived from xylene.

Osmosis

The process by which solvent molecules pass through a semipermable membrane from a dilute solution into a more concentrated solution.

 

Dissociation Constant

Equilibrium constant that applies to the dissociation of a comples ion into a simple ion and coordinating species (ligands).

Linear Accelerator

A device used for accelerating charged particles along a straight line path.

Method of Initial Rates

Method of determining the rate-law expression by carrying out a reaction with different initial concentrations and analyzing the resultant changes in initial rates.

Eluant or eluent

The solvent used in the process of elution, as in liquid chromatography.

 

Primary Voltaic Cells

Voltaic cells that cannot be recharged, no further chemical reaction is possible once the reactants are consumed.

Dispersed Phase

The solute-like species in a colloid.

Heterogeneous Mixture

A mixture that does not have uniform composition and properties throughout.

Ternary Acid

A ternary compound containing H, O, and another element, often a nonmetal.