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[sol-yoot, soh-loot] /ˈsɒl yut, ˈsoʊ lut/
the substance dissolved in a given solution.
Origin of solute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin solūtus, past participle of solvere to loosen, dissolve. See solve Unabridged
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  • This definition is inexact, since no membrane permeable to water is absolutely impermeable to the solutes.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • Living beings are but solutions of colloids and crystalloids, and their tissues are built up by the aggregation of these solutes.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
British Dictionary definitions for solutes


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 substance Compare solvent
(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 solutes



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

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solutes in Medicine

solute sol·ute (sŏl'yōōt, sō'lōōt)
A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.

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