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[sol-yoot, soh-loot]
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  1. the substance dissolved in a given solution.

Origin of solute

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin solūtus, past participle of solvere to loosen, dissolve. See solve
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Examples from the Web for solute

Historical Examples

  • If the solute dissociates into ions, the reason for this becomes clear.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson

  • At Solute, for instance, we have vast refuse heaps of bones of animals.

  • The numerical value of the constant R is also the same for a solute as for a gas.

  • A true solution is also a suspension of the molecules of the solute.

  • (a) The weight of solute dissolved in 100 grammes of the solvent.

British Dictionary definitions for solute


  1. the component of a solution that changes its state in forming the solution or the component that is not present in excess; the substance that is dissolved in another substanceCompare solvent
  1. botany rare loose or unattached; free

Word Origin

C16: from Latin solūtus free, unfettered, from solvere to release
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Word Origin and History for solute


1890, "dissolved," from Latin solutus, past participle of solvere (see solve). In botany, "free, not adhering" (1760).

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solute in Medicine


(sŏlyōōt, sōlōōt)
  1. A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.
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solute in Science


  1. A substance that is dissolved in another substance (a solvent), forming a solution.
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