- protection of ferrous metals against electrolysis by the attachment of sacrificial anodes.
Origin of cathodic protection
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called electrolytic protection.
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- metallurgy a technique for protecting metal structures, such as steel ships and pipelines, from electrolytic corrosion by making the structure the cathode in a cell, either by applying an electromotive force directly or by putting it into contact with a more electropositive metalSee also sacrificial anode