Having power to dissolve power to dissolve a solid body; as, the dissolvent juices of the stomach.

Origin: L. Dissolvens, -entis, p. Pr. Of dissolvere.

1. That which has the power of dissolving or melting other substances, especially. By mixture with them; a menstruum; a solvent. "Melted in the crucible dissolvents." (A. Smith) "The secret treaty of December acted as an immediate dissolvent to the truce." (Mothley)

2. <medicine> A remedy supposed capable of dissolving concretions in the body, such as calculi, tubercles, etc.

(01 Mar 1998)