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

[From Greek lutos, soluble, from lūein, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots.]


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



an informal, simplified spelling of light 2 , used esp. in labeling, naming, or advertising commercial products.
lite′ness, n.


or -lyte

a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; rhyolite. Compare -lith.
[< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith]