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electrolyte (n.)

"substance decomposed by electrolysis," 1834, from electro- + Greek lytos "loosed," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart").

updated on May 08, 2017

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Definitions of electrolyte from WordNet

electrolyte (n.)
a solution that conducts electricity;
the proper amount and distribution of electrolytes in the body is essential for health
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