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.

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Instead of opting for a big sports drink like Gatorade, which often contains high amounts of sugar, Dr. Burke suggests reaching for Pedialyte due to its electrolyte levels—perfect for boosting hydration back up—and its low sugar levels. Rosa Heyman, Redbook, "6 Hangover Hacks That Will Save Your Sunday," 13 Mar. 2015 Created by an ophthalmologist, TheraTears® unique electrolyte formula is clinically proven to restore your eyes’ natural balance. Good Housekeeping, "Suffering from dry eyes? Try TheraTears®," 19 Feb. 2019 Infants younger than six months do not need water to stay hydrated The most appropriate fluids to offer arebreast milk and/or formula which have the proper electrolyte balance. Katy Mullens, Md, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: How do I keep my newborn safe from the summer heat and sunshine?," 12 June 2018 The electrolytes are pumped through the center, and a chemical reaction happens to power the battery. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How a blue dye found in wastewater could power batteries," 6 Sep. 2018 This is actually a side effect of water and electrolyte loss, and is likely indicative of dehydration. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Since electrolytes such as calcium and sodium are crucial to several body functions, an imbalance can cause dizziness, fainting, blurry vision, and even death, Dr. Wider explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 Patients in the intensive treatment had a higher rate of certain side effects such as hypotension—or abnormally low blood pressure—and electrolyte abnormalities. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Reduces Cognitive Risk, Study Says," 25 July 2018 Pour the water out through these holes, then strain it through a cheesecloth and drink it—for the electrolytes as well as the sheer pleasure of it. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of electrolyte

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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electrolyte

noun

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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