- 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
If the solute dissociates into ions, the reason for this becomes clear.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
At Solute, for instance, we have vast refuse heaps of bones of animals.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
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.
- 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
- botany rare loose or unattached; free
C16: from Latin solūtus free, unfettered, from solvere to release
Word Origin and History for solute
1890, "dissolved," from Latin solutus, past participle of solvere (see solve). In botany, "free, not adhering" (1760).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.
- A substance that is dissolved in another substance (a solvent), forming a solution.