electromotive series

noun Chemistry.
the classification of metals in the order of their electrode potentials.
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electromotive series
 
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chem a series of the metals, together with hydrogen, ranged in the order of their electrode potentials

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electromotive series

listing of chemical species (atoms, molecules, and ions) in the order of their tendency to gain or lose electrons (be reduced or oxidized, respectively), expressed in volts and measured with reference to the hydrogen electrode, which is taken as a standard and arbitrarily assigned the voltage of zero. At the hydrogen electrode, an aqueous solution containing hydrogen in its oxidized form (the hydrogen ion, H+) at a concentration of one mole per litre is maintained at 25 C (77 F) in equilibrium with hydrogen in its reduced form (hydrogen gas, H2) at a pressure of one atmosphere. The reversible oxidation-reduction half reaction is expressed by the equation 2H+ + 2e- H2, in which e- represents an electron. The electrode potentials of several elements are shown in the . Conflicting conventions have been used for the signs of these potentials; those shown in the generally agree with the recommendations of an international conference in 1953.

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Example sentences
In immersion plating, a metal displaces from solution any other metal that is below it in the electromotive series of elements.
In immersion plating a metal will displace from solution any other metal that is below it in the electromotive series of elements.
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