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 conductorb : 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 of electrolyte from the Web
Potassium has electrolytes, so that helps with hydration.
The also said the company highlights the products carbohydrate, electrolyte and vitamin content to suggest the product has health characteristics.
Solid oxide fuel cells are composed of a stack of three ceramic layers: the anode, an electrolyte and a cathode.
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First Known Use of electrolyte
ELECTROLYTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of electrolyte for English Language Learners
chemistry : a liquid (such as the liquid in a battery) through which electricity can pass
: any one of various substances in the fluid of your body that control how your body processes waste and absorbs vitamins, minerals, etc.
ELECTROLYTE Defined for Kids
Definition of electrolyte for Students
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
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 conductorb: 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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