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electrolytic cell Syllabification: e·lec·tro·lyt·ic cell
Pronunciation: /əˌlektrəˌlidik ˈsel/

Definition of electrolytic cell in English:


1A cell in which electrolysis occurs, consisting of an electrolyte through which current from an external source is passed, by a system of electrodes, in order to produce an electrochemical reaction.
Example sentences
  • In an electrolytic cell, the power source pumps electrons into the electrode to which it is attached; that electrode is the cathode.
  • But because electrons must be supplied to the cathode by an external power source to drive this process, the cathode in an electrolytic cell has a negative charge.
  • If the new electrolytic cells are successful and replace the old cells and their consumable carbon anodes, the benefits to the aluminum industry and the environment will be tremendous.
2A cell consisting of an electrolyte, its container, and two electrodes, in which the electrochemical reaction between the electrodes and the electrolyte produces an electric current.
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