This term is often used as a synonym for distribution and extraction
. However, an essential difference exists by definition between distributionconstant
or partition ratio
and partition constant
. The term partition should be, but is not invariably, applied to the distribution
of a single definite chemical species between the two phases.
PAC, 1993, 65, 2373
(Nomenclature for liquid-liquid distribution (solvent extraction) (IUPAC Recommendations
on page 2378
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