A substance dissolved in another substance, usually the component of a solution present in the lesser amount.(noun)
Being in solution; dissolved.(adjective)
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Use "solute" in a sentence
"A solute is the substance that dissolves in a liquid."
"The chemical that dissolves is called the solute, the liquid that causes it to dissolve is called the solvent, while the final mixture is called the solution."
"The above reference to the word "solute" is too technical and seemingly not clear to the average reader."