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
- Physiol. any ionized compound, as of sodium, potassium, or calcium, essential in maintaining certain metabolic processes
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.