an·​a·​lyte ˈa-nə-ˌlīt How to pronounce analyte (audio)
: a chemical substance that is the subject of chemical analysis

Examples of analyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some genetic tests can be ordered using highly specific codes that are applicable only to a single gene or analyte, many other tests are handled under that catch-all CPT 81479 code. Jason Bush, STAT, 19 Oct. 2023 In addition, the ability to bring light from inside to outside waveguides also allows light to interact with any biological or chemical analyte placed in the vicinity of the waveguides. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Apr. 2017

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Word History


ana(lysis) or ana(lyze) + -lyte

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of analyte was in 1975

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“Analyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​a·​lyte ˈan-ᵊl-ˌīt How to pronounce analyte (audio)
: a chemical substance that is the subject of a chemical analysis

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