Definition of electrolysis in English:


Line breaks: elec|troly¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˌɪlɛkˈtrɒlɪsɪs
, ˌɛl-/


[mass noun]
1 Chemistry Chemical decomposition produced by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions.
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  • The free element sodium was first produced in 1807 by the English chemist Humphry Davy by electrolysis of molten sodium hydroxide.
  • Perhaps the best known example of electrolysis is the electrolytic decomposition of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen.
  • The technique that he developed, electrolysis of potassium fluoride in anhydrous liquid hydrogen fluoride, is still used today, with some modifications.
2The removal of hair roots or small blemishes on the skin by the application of heat using an electric current.
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  • We also refer patients for mechanical control measures of hair growth including electrolysis and laser therapy.
  • It is appropriate to institute permanent methods of hair removal by way of electrolysis or laser ablation after suppression of hyperandrogenism has been achieved.
  • However, electrolysis is considered to be a permanent method of hair removal.



Pronunciation: /ɪˌlɛktrə(ʊ)ˈlɪtɪk/
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  • But you've already admitted that on-site electrolytic hydrogen production solves that problem without the need for a huge hydrogen infrastructure.
  • The company was producing 19,000 tonnes each year of electrolytic manganese dioxide exported mainly to the US and Europe.
  • Five horses lost co-ordination, but returned to health when moved and treated with an electrolytic solution.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪtɪk(ə)l/
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  • Such industrial applications all relate to the synthesis of chemicals by some form of electrolytical method.
  • The invention describes a process for the electrolytical coating of an object of steel on one or both sides.
  • The separation of trace metals from solutions of electrolytes by electrodeposition in a 30 l electrolytical flow-through cell was studied.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪtɪk(ə)li/
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  • The powder is usually fabricated by the mechanical commutation of vacuum-cast ingots of magnesium-reduced beryllium pebbles or electrolytically produced beryllium flakes.
  • Plastic is used extensively throughout the body as is aluminum - electrolytically colored in order to cut weight.
  • In a dry chemical reprocessing method, uranium type elements are electrolytically refined continuously.

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