electrolytic

adjective
elec·tro·lyt·ic | \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈli-tik \

Definition of electrolytic 

: of or relating to electrolysis or an electrolyte an electrolytic cell also : produced by or used in electrolysis electrolytic copper

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electrolytically \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈli-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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The first step in such an electrolytic approach is splitting CO2, a tough, stable molecule, into oxygen and carbon monoxide (CO), a slightly more energy-rich molecule that can form the basis for hydrocarbon fuels like methanol. Robert Service, Science | AAAS, "Two new ways to turn ‘garbage’ carbon dioxide into fuel," 1 Sep. 2017 The blog doesn’t offer too much in the way of fine detail regarding the process, but the steps of the system outlined describe the urine being added to an electrolytic cell to separate out the hydrogen. Philippa Warr, WIRED, "Maker Faire Africa: Schoolgirls Create Urine-Powered Generator," 9 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of electrolytic

1842, in the meaning defined above

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electrolytic

adjective
elec·tro·lyt·ic | \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈli-tik \

Kids Definition of electrolytic

: of or relating to electrolysis or an electrolyte an electrolytic cell

electrolytic

adjective
elec·tro·lyt·ic | \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈlit-ik \

Medical Definition of electrolytic 

: of or relating to electrolysis or an electrolyte also : involving, produced by, or used in electrolysis the anode of an electrolytic cell

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electrolytically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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