sol·​ute | \ ˈsäl-ˌyüt How to pronounce solute (audio) \

Definition of solute

: a dissolved substance

Examples of solute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Branch and bud cells concentrate solutes in their cytoplasm to reduce the freezing point (the same way road de-icing salts work) and export water from the cells to reduce ice crystal formation that can damage delicate cell membranes. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "What happens in your Kentucky garden during really cold weather," 5 Jan. 2018 The stylist drenches the tape bonds in a solute that loosens the adhesive, then gently wiggles the extensions off. Lindsay Colameo, Allure, "The 10 Best Tape-In Hair Extensions & Why They Work for Everyone," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of solute

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solute

Latin solutus, past participle of solvere

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The first known use of solute was in 1893

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“Solute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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sol·​ute | \ ˈsäl-ˌyüt How to pronounce solute (audio) \

Medical Definition of solute

: a dissolved substance especially : a component of a solution present in smaller amount than the solvent

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