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Solvents and health


It is useful to start with a definition of solvents: Essentially a solvent is any substance which is capable of dissolving another without chemically reacting with it. So in a sense even water and metallic mercury are solvents. However usually the term is reserved for organic liquids which can dissolve other organic substances. For example, various distillates of petroleum (such as 'white spirit' or petrol), glycol ethers, etc etc are 'solvents'.




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