a combining form used in the formation of compound words that denote something subjected to a certain process (indicated by a noun ending in -lysis): electrolyte.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -lyte1
< Greek lytós able to be untied or loosened, soluble, verbid of lȳ́ein to loose, dissolve; cognate with Latin luere to loose
Definition for -lyte (2 of 2)
variant of -lite.
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British Dictionary definitions for -lyte
n combining form
indicating a substance that can be decomposed or broken downelectrolyte
Word Origin for -lyte
from Greek lutos soluble, from luein to loose
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Medicine definitions for -lyte
A substance that can be decomposed by a specified process:electrolyte.
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