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Making a saline water solution by dissolving table salt (solute) in water (solvent).

In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. The substances that are dissolved are named solutes.[1] 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.

Examples of solid solutions are alloys and some minerals.

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  1. "Solution". Merriam-Webster dictionary. Retrieved 2007-06-29.