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[de- + saturation]
1. Conversion of a saturated organic compound into an unsaturated one, as when stearic acid, C18H36O2, is changed into oleic acid, C18H34O2. The product has different physical and chemical properties after this transformation.
SEE: saturated hydrocarbon
2. The removal of a component from a chemical solution, e.g., a solute from a solvent.
3. The dissociation of oxygen from hemoglobin.
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Venes, Donald, editor. "Desaturation." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 24th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2021. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769715/all/desaturation.
Desaturation. In: Venes DD, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769715/all/desaturation. Accessed May 27, 2023.
Desaturation. (2021). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary (24th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769715/all/desaturation
Desaturation [Internet]. In: Venes DD, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. [cited 2023 May 27]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769715/all/desaturation.
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