A randomly formed particulate carbon material and may be coarse, fine and/or colloidal in proportions depending on its origin. Soot consists of variable quantities of carbonaceous and inorganic solids together with absorbed and occluded tars and resins.
An unwanted by-product of incomplete combustion or @P04961@. Soot generated within flames consists essentially of aggregates of spheres of carbon. Soot found in domestic fireplace chimneys contains few aggregates but may contain substantial amounts of particulate fragments of @C01142@ or @C00974@. Soot from diesel engines consists essentially of aggregates together with tars and resins. For historical reasons, the term soot is sometimes incorrectly used for @C00824@. This misleading use should be avoided.
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