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electrolysis

noun elec·trol·y·sis \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-lə-səs\

: the process of removing unwanted hair by killing the hair root with an electric current

chemistry : the process of separating a liquid into its different chemical parts by passing an electric current through it

Full Definition of ELECTROLYSIS

1
a :  the producing of chemical changes by passage of an electric current through an electrolyte
b :  subjection to this action
2
:  the destruction of hair roots by an electrologist using direct current

Examples of ELECTROLYSIS

  1. She had electrolysis done on her upper lip.

First Known Use of ELECTROLYSIS

1834

electrolysis

noun elec·trol·y·sis \i-ˌlek-ˈträl-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural elec·trol·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of ELECTROLYSIS

1
a :  the producing of chemical changes by passage of an electric current through an electrolyte b :  subjection to this action
2
:  the destruction of hair roots by an electrologist using direct current

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