One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cell in which electrolysis occurs, consisting of an electrolyte through which current from an external source is passed, by a system of electrodes, in order to produce an electrochemical reaction.
- ‘I'll never forget our drawings of electrolytic cells.’
- ‘But because electrons must be supplied to the cathode by an external power source to drive this process, the cathode in an electrolytic cell has a negative charge.’
- ‘If the new electrolytic cells are successful and replace the old cells and their consumable carbon anodes, the benefits to the aluminum industry and the environment will be tremendous.’
- ‘Electrorefining works by running a current through an electrolyte solution via an electrolytic cell.’
- ‘Another important use of electrolytic cells is in the electroplating of silver, gold, chromium and nickel.’
- ‘In an electrolytic cell, the power source pumps electrons into the electrode to which it is attached; that electrode is the cathode.’
2A cell consisting of an electrolyte, its container, and two electrodes, in which the electrochemical reaction between the electrodes and the electrolyte produces an electric current.
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