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What are Electrolytes? What are the functions of electrolytes?

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Asked by najar, 03 May '10 09:35 am
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Sai Ram. Electrolytes in health field refers to sodium and potassium salts and in case of fluid loss, dehydration etc. are given in the form of oral supplements (Electral for example), Saline intravenous solutions etc. In chemistry, an electrolyte is a liquid (mostly) that conducts electricity (salt solution, molten salts etc).
Answered by Venkateswaraswamy Swarna, 03 May '10 09:47 am

 
  
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The human body is made up of over 60 percent water. That water contains a mixture of minerals, including sodium, calcium and potassium. Those minerals collectively are known as electrolytes. They keep the body's balance of fluids at the proper level and help maintain normal functions, such as Heart rhythm, Muscle contraction, and Brain function. Electrolyte imbalances can be caused by: Diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or any problem that causes the body to lose too much water (dehydration). Summer is the time when we sweat highly and we lose
Electrolytes in large quantity. So, it is very important to take watery and juicy fruits like watermelon, blackberries, mangoes and grapes. They not only provide us with the required fluids but also the electrolytes.
Answered by sumati gayki, 03 May '10 09:49 am

 
  
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In chemistry, an electrolyte is any substance containing free ions that make the substance electrically conductive. The most typical electrolyte is an ionic solution, but molten electrolytes and solid electrolytes are also possible.

Electrolytes commonly exist as solutions of acids, bases or salts. Furthermore, some gases may act as electrolytes under conditions of high temperature or low pressure. Electrolyte solutions can also result from the dissolution of some biological (e.g., DNA, polypeptides) and synthetic polymers (e.g., polystyrene sulfonate), termed polyelectrolytes, which contain charged functional group.
Answered by dhanendra kumar jain, 03 May '10 11:03 am

 
  
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Electrolytes are ions or atoms which carry either positive or negative charge. They, when present in solution, transport electricity. When a potential difference is created between the two electrodes in a solution containing electrolytes, the positively charged ions or atoms move toward the negative electrode or cathode and the negatively charged particles move toward the positive electrode or anode. Most of these positively charged ions are metal atoms which readily lose electron(s) in solution. The transport number governs the rate of movement of ions in solution. Transport number of all positively charged ions or atoms plus that of the all negatively charged ions or atoms equals to unity.
Answered by Sweet Tamarind, 03 May '10 09:56 am

 
  
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1. A chemical compound that ionizes when dissolved or molten to produce an electrically conductive medium.
2. 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.
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 03 May '10 02:36 pm

 
  
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These is emergency medical arrangements(saline,hormonal booster etc) to save life in a hospital
Answered by priti kaur, 03 May '10 09:38 am

 
  
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