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Electrolytes are substances that become ions in solution and acquire the capacity to conduct electricity. The balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of our cells and our organs. Common electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate. The functions and normal range values for these electrolytes are important, and if an electrolyte is at an extreme low or high, it can be fatal.

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Terms related to Electrolytes:

  • Bicarbonate
  • Blood, Bicarbonate
  • Blood, Chloride
  • Blood, CO2
  • Blood, Electrolytes
  • Blood, Potassium
  • Blood, Sodium
  • Chloride
  • CO2
  • Potassium
  • Sodium