solute

noun

sol·​ute ˈsäl-ˌyüt How to pronounce solute (audio)
: 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, 5 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Latin solutus, past participle of solvere

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solute was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Solute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solute. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

solute

noun
sol·​ute ˈsäl-ˌyüt How to pronounce solute (audio)
: a dissolved substance
especially : a component of a solution present in smaller amount than the solvent

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