Electrolyte Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Electrolyte

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An electrolyte forms ions in water. Comstock Images/Getty Images

Electrolyte Definition: ​

A substance which forms ions in an aqueous solution.

Example: ​

NaCl forms Na+ and Cl- in water.

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