WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
e•lec•tro•lyte /ɪˈlɛktrəˌlaɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Chemistrya substance, usually a liquid, that allows electricity to pass or be passed through it.
See -lys-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
e•lec•tro•lyte  (i lektrə līt′), 
    [Physical Chem.]
    • Also called electrolytic conductor. 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.
  1. Physiology[Physiol.]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.
  • electro- + -lyte 1825–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

electrolyte /ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌlaɪt/ n
  1. a solution or molten substance that conducts electricity
  2. a chemical compound that dissociates in solution into ions
  3. any of the ions themselves

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