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electrolyte (Ĭlĕk´trəlīt´), electrical conductor in which current is carried by ions rather than by free electrons (as in a metal). Electrolytes include water solutions of acids, bases, or salts; certain pure liquids; and molten salts. Gases may act as electrolytes under conditions of high temperature or low pressure. All inorganic acids, bases, and salts are electrolytes. Electrolytic substances are classified as strong or weak according to how readily they dissociate into conducting ions. Potassium chloride and sodium hydroxide are strong electrolytes; they are almost completely dissociated when in solution or fused. Acetic acid is a weak electrolyte. An electrolyte is decomposed when a current passes through it (see electrolysis).

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electrolyte (i-lek-trŏ-lyt) n. a solution that produces ions; for example, sodium chloride solution consists of free sodium and free chloride ions. In medical usage electrolyte usually means the ion itself; thus the serum electrolyte level is the concentration of separate ions (sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, etc.) in the circulating blood. See also anion, cation.

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e·lec·tro·lyte / iˈlektrəˌlīt/ • n. a liquid or gel that contains ions and can be decomposed by electrolysis, e.g., that present in a battery. ∎  (usu. electrolytes) Physiol. the ionized or ionizable constituents of a living cell, blood, or other organic matter.

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electrolyte Solution or molten salt that can conduct electricity, as in electrolysis. In electrolytes, current is carried by ions, rather than by electrons. In a lead-acid car battery, the electrolyte is dilute sulphuric acid, which contains negative sulphate ions and positive hydrogen ions.

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electrolyte A liquid that conducts electricity as a result of the presence of positive or negative ions. An example is a sodium chloride solution, which consists of free sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl) ions. In biology and medicine `electrolyte' usually refers to the ion itself.

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electrolyte A chemical compound which, while molten or in solution, is decomposed by the conduction of an electrical current through it. The current is moved by the passage of ions rather than, as in a metal, free electrons.

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