Meaning of ELECTROLYTE in English


ə̇ˈlektrəˌlīt, ēˈ-, usu -īd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: electr- + Greek lytos that may be untied, soluble, verbal of lyein to loosen, dissolve — more at lose

1. : a nonmetallic electric conductor (as a solution, liquid, or fused solid) in which current is carried by the movement of ions instead of electrons with the liberation of matter at electrodes : a liquid ionic conductor — see electrolysis 1

2. : a substance (as an acid, base, or salt) that when dissolved in a suitable solvent (as water) or when fused becomes an ionic conductor

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