Why Is Water a Versatile Solvent?

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Water is a very versatile solvent - so much that it is often called 'the universal solvent'. Water is capable of dissolving, or mixing into a solution with, more materials than any other liquid. This is because the hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water molecules have a polar arrangement: the hydrogen side is positive, and the oxygen side is negative. This unusual arrangement makes water molecules strongly attractive to many types of molecules.
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