a combining form used in the formation of compound words that denote something subjected to a certain process (indicated by a noun ending in -lysis, ): electrolyte.

< Greek lytós able to be untied or loosened, soluble, verbid of lȳ́ein to loose, dissolve; cognate with Latin luere to loose

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variant of -lite.
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n combining form
indicating a substance that can be decomposed or broken down: electrolyte
[from Greek lutos soluble, from luein to loose]

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-lyte suff.
A substance that can be decomposed by a specified process: electrolyte.

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