In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. The substances that are dissolved are named solutes. The substance the solutes are dissolved in is named a solvent. An example from everyday experience is a solid (like salt or sugar crystalline solids, which include metals and ordinary water ice) dissolved in a liquid (like water). Gases can dissolve in liquids. An example is carbon dioxide or oxygen in water. Liquids may dissolve in other liquids and gases in other gases.
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- "Solution". Merriam-Webster dictionary. http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solution. Retrieved 2007-06-29.