Definitions for electrolyteɪˈlɛk trəˌlaɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any substance that dissociates into ions when melted or dissolved in a suitable medium and thus forms a conductor of electricity.
a conducting medium in which the flow of current is accompanied by the movement of ions.
Origin of electrolyte:
1825–35; electro-+ Gk lyt(ós), v. adj. of lyein to loosen; cf. -lytic
a solution that conducts electricity
"the proper amount and distribution of electrolytes in the body is essential for health"
a substance that, in solution or when molten, ionizes and conducts electricity
any of the various ions (such as sodium or chloride) that regulate the electric charge on cells and the flow of water across their membranes
a compound decomposable, or subjected to decomposition, by an electric current
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A body susceptible of decomposition by the electric current, and capable of electrolytic conduction. It must be a fluid body and therefore capable of diffusion, and composite in composition. An elemental body cannot be an electrolyte.