electrolysis

noun
elec·​trol·​y·​sis | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-lə-səs How to pronounce electrolysis (audio) \

Definition of electrolysis

1a : 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 in a Sentence

She had electrolysis done on her upper lip.
Recent Examples on the Web In hydrogen storage, electrolysis is used to separate hydrogen from oxygen in water; the hydrogen is then cached underground, or in aboveground tanks, as gas or liquid or part of ammonia. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Boston Metal has developed an electrolysis process for making steel using direct electric current to separate chemical components, resulting in a pure liquid metal that can be shaped without needing reheating. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Pink Hydrogen is generated through electrolysis powered by nuclear energy. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Through electrolysis, hydrogen can be separated from oxygen in water. The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 This most commonly involves the electrolysis of water -- sending an electric current through the water to separate molecules. Angela Dewan, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 The downsizing of hydrogen electrolysis is honestly a problem the entire hydrogen industry faces as the gas takes its place as one of the next great hopes for non-fossil fuels. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2022 Instead of funding only early-stage research, the project allows the DOE to intervene at any point in the technology’s path to market in order to bring down the cost of electrolysis. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2022 Finally, a refinery on the outskirts of Frankfurt has to be built to process the intermediate product, an aqueous solution of lithium chloride, via electrolysis into battery-grade material. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of electrolysis

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of electrolysis was in 1834

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14 May 2022

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More Definitions for electrolysis

electrolysis

noun
elec·​trol·​y·​sis | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-lə-səs How to pronounce electrolysis (audio) \

Kids Definition of electrolysis

: the producing of chemical changes by passage of an electric current through a liquid

electrolysis

noun
elec·​trol·​y·​sis | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträl-ə-səs How to pronounce electrolysis (audio) \
plural electrolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce electrolysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of electrolysis

1a : the process of producing 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 by means of an electric current applied to the body with a needle-shaped electrode

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