- 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 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
January 14, 2011
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.
- 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 solutes
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.