Osmolality is used in a wide range of clinical and industrial applications.
Such diverse applications range from rapid assessment of renal capacity, the
state of hydration in burn and trauma patients, and monitoring of irrigation
fluid uptake in surgical cases. Industrial applications include the manufacture
and use of cell culture media in biotechnology, formulation QA and reaction
kinetics by pharmaceutical companies, monitoring hydration status as a performance
indicator for elite athletes, and by law enforcement to screen for drugs distributed
in liquid form at rave clubs.
Osmometers can be used to measure the osmolality of
a sample. The freezing point depression method is the most commonly used method
in laboratories around the world.
What is Osmolality?
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