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  1. water of crystallization, water of crystallisation, water of hydration(noun)

    the water present in hydrated compounds

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  1. water of crystallization(Noun)

    The water present in the crystals of the salts of certain metals; it is weakly bound by electrostatic forces and may normally be removed by heating.

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  1. Water of crystallization

    In crystallography, water of crystallization or water of hydration or crystallization water is water that occurs inside crystals. Water is often necessary for the formation of crystals. In some contexts, water of crystallization is the total weight of water in a substrance at a given temperature and is mostly present in a definite ratio. Classically, "water of crystallization" refers to water that is found in the crystalline framework of a metal complex or a salt, which is not directly bonded to the metal cation. ⁕ Hydrated copper sulfate is bright blue. ⁕ Anhydrous copper sulfate is colorless. Upon crystallization from water or moist solvents, many compounds incorporate water molecules in their crystalline frameworks. Water of crystallization can generally be removed by heating a sample but the crystalline properties are often lost. Compared to inorganic salts, proteins crystallize with unusually large amounts of water in the crystal lattice. A water content of 50% is not uncommon.

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