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[ih-lek-truh-lahyt] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌlaɪt/

Physical Chemistry.

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’)


electrolyte [(i-lek-truh-leyet)]

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.


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