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[ih-lek-truh-lit-ik] /ɪˌlɛk trəˈlɪt ɪk/
pertaining to or derived by electrolysis.
pertaining to an electrolyte.
Origin of electrolytic
1835-45; electro- + -lytic
Related forms
electrolytically, adverb
nonelectrolytic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electrolytic
  • They're undergoing a five-year-long electrolytic bath to free them of salts.
  • Also called plasma electrolytic oxidation, the process requires a lot of energy to achieve the conversion.
  • When a voltage is applied, the positively charged ions move towards the negative electrode, carrying electrolytic fluid with them.
  • During his researches he discovered that when he disconnected his electrolytic apparatus, the process seemed to work backwards.
  • Capital cost barrier or no, electrolytic hydrogen still comes from coal-fired power plants.
  • The salt must meet the manufacturer's requirements for the electrolytic chlorine generator that is used.
  • Indium is principally a byproduct of the electrolytic refining of zinc, although a small share is a byproduct of tin refining.
British Dictionary definitions for electrolytic


  1. of, concerned with, or produced by electrolysis or electrodeposition
  2. of, relating to, or containing an electrolyte
(electronics) Also called electrolytic capacitor. a small capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte
Derived Forms
electrolytically, adverb
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electrolytic in Medicine

electrolytic e·lec·tro·lyt·ic (ĭ-lěk'trə-lĭt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to electrolysis.

  2. Produced by electrolysis.

  3. Of or relating to electrolytes.

e·lec'tro·lyt'i·cal·ly adv.
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