In magnetic resonance studies of cross relaxation or Overhauser effects by steady-state continuous irradn., it is shown that the Solomon equations do not allow one to obtain a consistent picture of the expectation values of various magnetization components. The contradictions can be resolved if, in addn. to the Zeeman polarizations, one takes into account a transverse magnetization component that is assocd. with the spin which is being irradiated. [on SciFinder (R)]