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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They also balance electrolytes in the body and play a role in maintaining blood pressure and blood volume. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Stevie Wonder has a living kidney donor. Here's what that means.," 9 July 2019 Sweating releases minerals and salts in the body that help with electrolyte balance. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Our record heat could be dangerous — or deadly. Here’s what you need to know.," 3 July 2019 Water doesn’t replenish electrolytes or the sugar, salts and other chemicals the body loses when sweating. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Sierra Nevada Brewing ventures into wellness beer," 17 June 2019 There is naturally some level of permeability in the membrane to allow for the flow of electrolytes, water, and nutrients into the bloodstream. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 Avery Brewing has Go Play IPA, a lower alcohol IPA with added salt and potassium, and Boulevard Brewing has Easy Sport Recreation Ale, which is brewed with tangerine peel, sea salt and added electrolytes. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Sierra Nevada Brewing ventures into wellness beer," 17 June 2019 Drinking Pedialyte after is also a good idea, Carterson notes, as this can help restore electrolytes. NBC News, "Here's what you need to know about donating blood," 14 June 2019 Last year, the company debuted Lifewtr, a purified water with electrolytes that was a response to the success Coca-Cola has had with its Smartwater brand. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "PepsiCo Dips Its Toes Into the Sparkling Water Market," 8 Feb. 2018 Drink lots of water and fluids to replenish your body’s moisture and electrolytes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Does Sunscreen Expire? And Every Other Question You’ve Had About SPF, Answered," 14 May 2019

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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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