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What is an 'X' stock solution?

Posted August 5, 2019

The 'X' is used to denote the strength of the stock solution.
Stock solutions are routinely prepared as a concentrated solution, from which one can dilute into a normal working concentration for actual use. Using stock solutions are beneficial because they:
  • Save time
  • Conserve materials
  • Reduce storage space
  • Improve accuracy
Most applications require a normal working concentration of 1X. For stock solutions with a higher concentration, dilute to 1X before using.
For example: A stock solution that is 500 times more concentration would be written as 500X and would require a 1:500 dilution to restore the normal working concentration. Therefore, to make a 1X working solution you would need to add 2 µL of your stock solution into 1 mL of a buffer of your choice.