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Precipitates in the body
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:38:29 PM »

What are some examples of precipitates in the human body? Any help is appreciated
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 12:44:37 PM »

Well, since you asked for ANY help at all, I'd like to ask you to define precipitate, and then try to suggest some that you can "see", in a human body.  Presumably you have one of those, handy, and can offer a guess?
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 12:47:48 PM »

By precipitate i mean an insoluble compound formed in a solution from two soluble compounds. In a double replacement reaction
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 12:50:59 PM »

So that's the definition you're working with -- OK.  Now, what part of your body (I've made the assumption that you have one, correct me if I'm wrong) would you definition apply to?
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2013, 12:53:44 PM »

Any! Thats my question. I have to write a paper on it and i cannot find any examples or info.
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2013, 01:05:01 PM »

Your body is 80 % water, what parts appear to be significantly not full of water?
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2013, 01:35:21 PM »

Freehorn,

At least one precipitate I can think of is beneficial, and at least two I can think of are undesirable and both associated with the same organ.
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2013, 10:08:24 PM »

What is a state of matter of a typical precipitate?
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Re: Precipitates in the body
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 12:25:59 PM »

Freehorn,

The organ I had in mind was the kidney.  One of the precipitates I mentioned derives from ethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze.
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