Definition of supersaturation in US English:

supersaturation

noun

Chemistry
  • See supersaturate

    • ‘After a lag time that seemed to be a function of the supersaturation, diffraction spots became apparent on the detector and their number increased until making diffraction rings.’
    • ‘The high supersaturation controls yielded mostly clusters or very small single crystals (typically up to 20 Am in each dimension) which did not diffract at all.’
    • ‘These high concentrations of the electrolyte significantly lower the solubility of the hemoglobin and allow high relative supersaturations at low concentrations of the precious protein.’
    • ‘Conversely, supersaturation of bile with insoluble cholesterol, as a result of metabolic defects, promotes the formation of cholesterol gallstones.’
    • ‘The driving force for both nucleation and crystal growth is supersaturation, i.e., the concentration of solute in the solution above equilibrium solubility.’

Pronunciation

supersaturation

/ˌso͞opərˌsaCHəˈrāSH(ə)n//ˌsupərˌsætʃəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/