Definition of Electrolysis

1. Noun. (chemistry) a chemical decomposition reaction produced by passing an electric current through a solution containing ions.

2. Noun. Removing superfluous or unwanted hair by passing an electric current through the hair root.
Generic synonyms: Depilation, Epilation

Definition of Electrolysis

1. n. The act or process of chemical decomposition, by the action of electricity; as, the electrolysis of silver or nickel for plating; the electrolysis of water.

Definition of Electrolysis

1. Noun. (chemistry) the chemical change produced by passing an electric current through a conducting solution or a molten salt ¹

2. Noun. the destruction of hair roots by means of an electric current ¹

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Definition of Electrolysis

1. [n -LYSES]

Medical Definition of Electrolysis

1. 1. The process where an electric current is passed through an electrolytic solution or other appropriate medium, causing a chemical reaction. Similar to what happens within a battery. 2. The process where an electric current is used to destroy tumours. 3. The removal of unwanted body hair by electrocuting the hair roots with an electrified needle. Origin: Gr. Lysis = dissolution (05 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Electrolysis

electrolysis (current term)
electrolyte acid
electrolyte balance
electrolyte imbalance
electrolyte metabolism
electrolyte profile
electrolyte solution
electrolytic capacitor
electrolytic cell
electrolytic condenser

Literary usage of Electrolysis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"electrolysis and the galvano-cautery have been employed occasionally in the ... electrolysis has been used, in the first place, in cases in which more or ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1917)
"electrolysis by Local Action 1694 6. Anodic Corrosion 1694 7. Secondary Reactions 1694 8. ... electrolysis Mitigation 1698 20. electrolysis Surveys 1698 21. ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Theory of electrolysis. Any hypothesis which seeks to account for the phenomena of electrolysis has mainly to deal with j'^'rf*'* the two points—(1) that ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Hence the whole increase in the amount of the cation, free and combined, due to electrolysis is — equivalent. In the portion containing the anode we shall ..."

5. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The electrolysis cell shown in Figure 1 was used for recording the ... This contamination was, however, small for the electrolysis cells shown in Figures 1 ..."

6. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1903)
"electrolysis and its effect on water and gas pipes, underground electric cables, conductors, &c. ... A discussion of the causes and effects of electrolysis. ..."

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