electrode

noun
elec·​trode | \ i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio) \

Definition of electrode

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

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The implant contains an electrode array that emits small pulses of electricity. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 This three-electrode EEG is connected to a small display screen. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Marvel Comics Gets Inside the Heads of the Avengers," 21 Aug. 2014 One possibility was the formation of metal filaments between the electrodes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 Thanks to Stanford researchers, there might be a new recipe for hydrogen fuel: saltwater, electrodes and solar power. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Now Transforming Saltwater Into Hydrogen Fuel," 20 Mar. 2019 To bring about treatment based on this requires electrodes in the brain to help kick it out of this state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits," 15 Aug. 2018 To study the brain-larynx link, Chang recruited Nell and 11 other patients with epilepsy who already had electrode arrays implanted inside their skulls. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech," 28 June 2018 The researchers eliminated this explanation by changing the electrodes to graphene and showing that the device still worked. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 Harder to ignore is the electrode stuck to my forehead. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of electrode

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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electrode

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English Language Learners Definition of electrode

: one of the two points through which electricity flows into or out of a battery or other device

electrode

noun
elec·​trode | \ i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio) \

Kids Definition of electrode

: a conductor (as a metal or carbon) used to make electrical contact with a part of an electrical circuit that is not metallic

electrode

noun
elec·​trode | \ i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce electrode (audio) \

Medical Definition of electrode

: a conductor used to establish electrical contact with a nonmetallic part of a circuit

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