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 Solid-state batteries don’t have a liquid electrolyte and, thus, will be lighter, store more energy and charge faster. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Energy gels and Nuun electrolyte tablets every hour. WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Macfarlane has a startup company, Jupiter Ionics, aiming to do the trick with a cell that makes use of a similar electrolyte to that in a lithium battery. Nicola Jones, Wired, 5 Feb. 2022 Magnesium—a muscle-relaxing electrolyte that your body uses to make melatonin—may potentially help support sleep, although there's even less research on it than melatonin. Jessie Van Amburg, Health.com, 7 Feb. 2022 Brown’s legislation would allow individual volunteer fire departments to do the following: Purchase electrolyte replacement or sports drinks, water, and similar liquids for use during a fire call or during training. John Sharp, al, 30 Dec. 2021 Trees could give their cellulose to a new kind of battery electrolyte. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2021 And she's suggested that these patients were becoming depleted of a specific electrolyte or several electrolytes, either through vomiting or through sweat or through both. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 QuantumScape technology holds a lot of promise, offering better energy density, quicker charge times, longer lifespans, and better safety compared to conventional liquid electrolyte technology. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for electrolyte

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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