electrode

noun

elec·​trode i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio)
1
: a conductor used to establish electrical contact with a nonmetallic part of a circuit
2
: an element in a semiconductor device (such as a transistor) that emits or collects electrons or holes or controls their movements

Examples of electrode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This treatment attaches electrodes to your scalp to send small bursts of electricity to certain parts of your brain and provoke a painless seizure to alter brain activity. Janelle McSwiggin, Msn, Health, 11 July 2024 For gaming, Perri attaches 14 electrodes to her scalp that read her brain’s reaction to specific thoughts to initiate cognitive activity, as well a pair of EEG earbuds that register pulsing of her ear muscles to get a more direct physical response for certain actions. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 10 July 2024 This includes inserting the chip’s electrodes deeper into the subject’s brain. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 10 July 2024 By contrast, the device Herr developed includes electrodes placed on the skin above the point of amputation, outside the muscles paired by the surgery, and is responsive to them. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for electrode 

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electrode was in 1833

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“Electrode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrode. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

electrode

noun
elec·​trode i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio)
: a conductor (as a metal or carbon) used to make electrical contact with a part of an electrical circuit that is not metallic

Medical Definition

electrode

noun
elec·​trode i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio)
: a conductor used to establish electrical contact with a nonmetallic part of a circuit

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