dispersion

dispersion, in chemistry, mixture in which fine particles of one substance are scattered throughout another substance. A dispersion is classed as a suspension , colloid , or solution . Generally, the particles in a solution are of molecular or ionic size those in a colloid are larger but too small to be observed with an ordinary microscope those in a suspension can be observed under a microscope or with the naked eye. A coarse mixture (e.g., sand mixed with sugar) is usually not thought of as a dispersion.

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