Electrolytes

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They have roles in the body including conduction of action potentials in neurons, maintenance of electron neutrality in cells, muscle contraction, and so on. For example, potassium (K+), sodium (Na2+), and calcium (Cl-) are electrolytes. Electrolytes can be found within both body cells and in the extracellular fluid.
When in fluid, electrolytes are called ions.
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