Definition of electrophorus in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌlekˈträfərəs/


A device for repeatedly generating static electricity by induction.
Example sentences
  • Pancaldi tells us in detail the intriguing and difficult stories of the births of the electrophorus, the condenser, the electrometer and the battery.
  • The electrophorus has historically been used as a charge dispensing device.
  • An electrophorus consists of a flat insulator on which rests a removable metal plate.


Late 18th century: from electro- + Greek -phoros 'bearing'.

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Syllabification: e·lec·troph·o·rus

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