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[ sol-yoot, soh-loot ]
/ ˈsɒl yut, ˈsoʊ lut /


the substance dissolved in a given solution.

Nearby words

soluble glass, soluble rna, solum, solunar, solus, solute, solution, solution mining, solution of contiguity, solution of continuity, solution set

Origin of solute

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin solūtus, past participle of solvere to loosen, dissolve. See solve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solutes

  • They bestowed ranks and designations upon themselves, even creating protocol such as solutes and secure passwords.

    The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • 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


/ (sɒˈljuːt) /


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

Word Origin for solute

C16: from Latin solūtus free, unfettered, from solvere to release
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for solutes



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for solutes


[ sŏlyōōt, sōlōōt ]


A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.
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Science definitions for solutes


[ sŏlyōōt ]

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