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[sol-yoot, soh-loot]
  1. the substance dissolved in a given solution.
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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


  1. 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
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  1. botany rare loose or unattached; free
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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


(sŏlyōōt, sōlōōt)
  1. A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.
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solutes in Science


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