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# What does one mean by water of crystallization?

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## Water of crystallizationFor one formula unit of salt, the total number of water molecules is commonly known as the water of crystallization.It is also known as water of hydration.ExampleHydrated copper sulfate has formula ${\mathrm{CuSO}}_{4}·5{\mathrm{H}}_{2}\mathrm{O}$.This compound has five molecules of water known as water of crystallization.

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