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electrode

[ ih-lek-trohd ]
/ ɪˈlɛk troʊd /
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noun Electricity.

a conductor, not necessarily metallic, through which a current enters or leaves a nonmetallic medium, as an electrolytic cell, arc generator, vacuum tube, or gaseous discharge tube.

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Origin of electrode

First recorded in 1825–35; electr- + -ode2

OTHER WORDS FROM electrode

in·ter·e·lec·trode, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for electrode

electrode
/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊd) /

noun

a conductor through which an electric current enters or leaves an electrolyte, an electric arc, or an electronic valve or tube
an element in a semiconducting device that emits, collects, or controls the movement of electrons or holes
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Medical definitions for electrode

electrode
[ ĭ-lĕktrōd′ ]

n.

A solid electric conductor through which an electric current enters or leaves an electrolytic cell or other medium.
A collector or emitter of electric charge or of electric-charge carriers, as in a semiconducting device.
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Scientific definitions for electrode

electrode
[ ĭ-lĕktrōd′ ]

A conductor through which an electric current enters or leaves a substance (or a vacuum) whose electrical characteristics are being measured, used, or manipulated. Electrodes can be used to detect electrical activity such as brain waves. Terminal points in electrical components such as transistors, diodes, and batteries are electrodes.
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