electrolyte: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (i-lek'tru-līt"), [key]
- Also calledelec&prim;trolyt&prim;ic conduc&prim;tor.a conducting medium in which the flow of current is accompanied by the movement of matter in the form of ions.
- any substance that dissociates into ions when dissolved in a suitable medium or melted and thus forms a conductor of electricity.
- any of certain inorganic compounds, mainly sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, and bicarbonate, that dissociate in biological fluids into ions capable of conducting electrical currents and constituting a major force in controlling fluid balance within the body.
- electrolyte (Thesaurus)