electrolyte

noun
elec·​tro·​lyte | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio) \

Definition of electrolyte

1 : a nonmetallic electric conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions
2a : a substance that when dissolved in a suitable solvent or when fused becomes an ionic conductor
b : any of the ions (as of sodium or calcium) that in biological fluid regulate or affect most metabolic processes (such as the flow of nutrients into and waste products out of cells)

Examples of electrolyte in a Sentence

The drink will replenish your electrolytes.
Recent Examples on the Web The flavored water product is enhanced with electrolytes and comes in berry cherry, tropical mango and cucumber lime flavors. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Powerade is getting a makeover for the first time in more than a decade," 16 Jan. 2020 Aqueous batteries avoid all these problems, with electrolytes that are water-based and therefore both non-flammable and non-toxic. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery," 10 Jan. 2020 There’s a proliferation of drinks with electrolytes. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Drinking with no consequences? This was the year of the hangover hack.," 19 Dec. 2019 Foods that are salty Overdoing it on salt can result in vomiting and create issues with electrolytes, says Wismer. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "To keep from having a pupsetting Thanksgiving, don't give your dogs these foods or drinks," 27 Nov. 2019 Every 30 minutes, her support crew would throw her a bottle filled with a protein recovery drink infused with electrolytes to keep her going. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "American Woman Becomes First Person to Swim English Channel Four Times, Nonstop," 18 Sep. 2019 Also encourage them to take tiny sips of sports drinks with electrolytes. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Our record heat could be dangerous — or deadly. Here’s what you need to know.," 3 July 2019 Fine-tuning the electrolyte chemistry should provide a fix, Gerasopoulos says. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery," 10 Jan. 2020 Lithium-sulfur complexes can dissolve in the electrolytes used in typical lithium batteries, allowing it to diffuse away from the electrode. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Will lithium-sulfur batteries be in our future?," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of electrolyte

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Electrolyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrolyte. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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electrolyte

noun
How to pronounce electrolyte (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of electrolyte

chemistry : a liquid (such as the liquid in a battery) through which electricity can pass
technical : any one of various substances in the fluid of your body that control how your body processes waste and absorbs vitamins, minerals, etc.

electrolyte

noun
elec·​tro·​lyte | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio) \

Kids Definition of electrolyte

1 : a substance (as an acid or salt) that when dissolved (as in water) conducts an electric current
2 : a substance (as sodium or calcium) that is an ion in the body regulating the flow of nutrients into and waste products out of cells

electrolyte

noun
elec·​tro·​lyte | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of electrolyte

1 : a nonmetallic electric conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions
2a : a substance (as an acid, base, or salt) that when dissolved in a suitable solvent (as water) or when fused becomes an ionic conductor
b : any of the ions (as of sodium, potassium, calcium, or bicarbonate) that in a biological fluid regulate or affect most metabolic processes (as the flow of nutrients into and waste products out of cells) used especially in biology and biochemistry

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