Definition of electrolyte in English:


Syllabification: e·lec·tro·lyte
Pronunciation: /iˈlektrəˌlīt


  • 1A liquid or gel that contains ions and can be decomposed by electrolysis, e.g., that present in a battery.
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    • Primary alkaline batteries use sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide as the electrolyte.
    • This electricity splits the water molecules in an electrolyte, producing hydrogen.
    • Gold plating is done in much the same way, using a gold anode and an electrolyte containing gold cyanide, AuCN.
  • 1.1 (usually electrolytes) Physiology The ionized or ionizable constituents of a living cell, blood, or other organic matter.
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    • This is an opportunity to take blood for checking full blood count, urea and electrolytes, blood group, and clotting screen.
    • Proud to know how to handle oliguria in a baby, I checked his blood pressure and electrolytes.
    • The white blood cell count and serum electrolytes were within normal ranges.


mid 19th century: from electro- + Greek lutos 'released' (from luein 'loosen').

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