Definition of Electrolyte

1. Noun. A solution that conducts electricity. "The proper amount and distribution of electrolytes in the body is essential for health"

Generic synonyms: Solution
Specialized synonyms: Polyelectrolyte
Derivative terms: Electrolytic

Definition of Electrolyte

1. n. A compound decomposable, or subjected to decomposition, by an electric current.

Definition of Electrolyte

1. Noun. (chemistry) a substance that, in solution or when molten, ionizes and conducts electricity ¹

2. Noun. (physiology) any of the various ions (such as sodium or chloride) that regulate the electric charge on cells and the flow of water across their membranes ¹

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Definition of Electrolyte

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Medical Definition of Electrolyte

1. A substance that dissociates into ions when fused or in solution and thus becomes capable of conducting electricity, an ionic solute. Origin: Gr. Lytos = that may be dissolved This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Electrolyte

electrolyte (current term)
electrolyte acid
electrolyte balance
electrolyte imbalance
electrolyte metabolism
electrolyte profile
electrolyte solution
electrolytic capacitor
electrolytic cell
electrolytic condenser

Literary usage of Electrolyte

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"so that every electromotive force within the electrolyte, even the feeblest, produces a current of proportionate magnitude. According to the theory of ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"According to this view we have for any electrolyte W = ff E, where ¡t is the amount of the electrolyte chemically equivalent to 1 gramme of water, ..."

3. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"The freezing point of electrolyte depends upon its specific gravity. There is little danger of freezing except with a discharged battery. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Vie can consider a body an electrolyte if we can (>) collect the products of decomposition, or (2) demonstrate their presence on the electrodes by means of ..."

5. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"The completion of action is ascertained with greater certainty by addition of water to the electrolyte and observing whether the newly exposed surface of ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"The steel reds were connected with a galvanometer which was introduced into the circuit, and the electrolyte was then poured into the tipper receptacle and ..."

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