[ih-lek-truh-lahyt] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌlaɪt/
Physiology. any of certain inorganic compounds, mainly sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, and bicarbonate, that dissociate in biological fluids into ions capable of conducting electrical currents and constituting a major force in controlling fluid balance within the body.
a solution or molten substance that conducts electricity
“substance decomposed by electrolysis,” 1834, from electro- + Greek lytos “loosed,” from lyein “to loose” (see lose).
electrolyte e·lec·tro·lyte (ĭ-lěk’trə-līt’)
A substance that can serve as a conductor for an electric current when it is dissolved in a solution. Electrolytes are found in the blood and tissue fluids of the body.
noun, Physical Chemistry. 1. the separation of the molecule of an electrolyte into its constituent atoms.
- Electrolytic gas
noun 1. a mixture of two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen by volume, formed by the electrolysis of water
noun, Electricity. 1. a current interrupter consisting of a cell with two electrodes that is immersed in an electrolyte such that the passage of current through the cell causes bubbles to form in the electrolyte, the bubbles breaking the circuit.
noun, Metallurgy. 1. removal of metal from a piece by electrolysis.