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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chemical compound that ionizes when dissolved or molten to produce an electrically conductive medium.
  • n. Physiology Any of various ions, such as sodium, potassium, or chloride, required by cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a substance that, in solution or when molten, ionizes and conducts electricity
  • n. any of the various ions (such as sodium or chloride) that regulate the electric charge on cells and the flow of water across their membranes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A compound decomposable, or subjected to decomposition, by an electric current.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compound which is decomposable, or is subjected to decomposition, by an electric current.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a solution that conducts electricity

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