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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This definition is inexact, since no membrane permeable to water is absolutely impermeable to the solutes.
Living beings are but solutions of colloids and crystalloids, and their tissues are built up by the aggregation of these solutes.
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 substanceCompare solvent
botany rare loose or unattached; free
Word Origin for solute
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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A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.
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A substance that is dissolved in another substance (a solvent), forming a solution.
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