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electrolyte

Syllabification: e·lec·tro·lyte
Pronunciation: /əˈlektrəˌlīt
 
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Definition of electrolyte in English:

noun

1A liquid or gel that contains ions and can be decomposed by electrolysis, e.g., that present in a battery.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with electrolyte

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