electrolyte[ē lek′trō līt′, i-; -trə-]
- The definition of electrolyte is a chemical compound that conducts electricity by changing into ions when melted or dissolved into a solution.
An example of an electrolyte is sodium chloride.
any chemical compound that ionizes when molten or in solution, allowing it to conduct electricity
Origin of electrolyteelectro- + -lyte
- A chemical compound that ionizes when dissolved or molten to produce an electrically conductive medium.
- Physiology Any of various ions, such as sodium, potassium, or chloride, required by cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane.