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A liquid that dissolves another substance or substances to form a solution. Polar solvents are compounds, such as water, in which there is some separation of charge in the chemical bonds. These solvents are capable of dissolving ionic compounds or covalent compounds that ionize. Nonpolar solvents are compounds, such as benzene, that do not dissolve ionic compounds but will dissolve nonpolar covalent compounds.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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