electrolyte

noun

elec·​tro·​lyte i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio)
1
: a nonmetallic electric conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions
2
a
: 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 cream blends ingredients– like amino acid, electrolytes, and ceramides– with hyaluronic acid to replenish and strengthen the skin’s barrier. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 16 Nov. 2023 Three of Toyota’s new batteries feature today’s familiar liquid electrolytes, in three categories: popularization, performance, and high performance. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2023 Key Takeaways Sports medicine experts say marathon runners should consume two to three drinks with electrolytes, along with plain water, during the race. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 7 Nov. 2023 The reason has to do with the liquid electrolytes that fill the gaps between the lithium cobalt oxide and graphite layers (remember them?) and stop the two components from touching. WIRED, 27 Oct. 2023 The broth, which contains water and electrolytes, helps with rehydration. Colby Teeman, Assistant Professor Of Dietetics and Nutrition, University Of Dayton, Fortune Well, 21 Oct. 2023 Bluetooth transmitters in each patch communicate to management when workers need more hydration, electrolytes or just a break. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 The single piqued the interest of GLOW Beverages, an electrolyte beverage company that is quickly gaining popularity. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 Sep. 2023 Laxatives can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies, posing serious health risks. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of electrolyte was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Electrolyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrolyte. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

electrolyte

noun
elec·​tro·​lyte i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio)
1
: a conductor in which electric current is carried by the movement of ions that are not metallic
2
a
: a substance that when dissolved in a suitable solvent or when melted becomes an ionic conductor
b
: an ion (as of sodium) that regulates or affects metabolic processes of the body (as the movement of waste products out of a cell)

Medical Definition

electrolyte

noun
elec·​tro·​lyte i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce electrolyte (audio)
1
: a nonmetallic electric conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions
2
a
: 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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