poly·​elec·​tro·​lyte ˌpä-lē-ə-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce polyelectrolyte (audio)
: a substance of high molecular weight (such as a protein) that is an electrolyte

Examples of polyelectrolyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team started with a material known as polyelectrolyte gel, which is known for its ability to expand in water – a property that’s familiar to anyone who’s ever had to change a wet diaper. Ben Thomas, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2015

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Word History


poly- + electrolyte

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyelectrolyte was in 1947

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“Polyelectrolyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyelectrolyte. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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poly·​elec·​tro·​lyte ˌpäl-ē-ə-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīt How to pronounce polyelectrolyte (audio)
: a substance of high molecular weight (as a protein) that is an electrolyte

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