Also found in: Dictionary
the equilibrium between electrolytes in the body.
electrolyte balance The critical balance between the concentration in the cells and that in the tissue fluid surrounding the cells of the various inorganic IONS. The electrolytes mainly in the cells are potassium, magnesium, sulphate and phosphate. Those in the surrounding fluid are mainly sodium, chloride and bicarbonate. This balance is essential to life and is maintained by the active pumping action of the cell membranes.