verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·lyzed, e·lec·tro·lyz·ing. Physical Chemistry.

to decompose by electrolysis.

Also especially British, e·lec·tro·lyse.

Origin of electrolyze

First recorded in 1825–35; electro- + -lyze
Related formse·lec·tro·ly·za·tion, noune·lec·tro·lyz·er, noun
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US electrolyze

verb (tr)

to decompose (a chemical compound) by electrolysis
to destroy (living tissue, such as hair roots) by electrolysis
Derived Formselectrolysation or US electrolyzation, nounelectrolyser or US electrolyzer, noun

Word Origin for electrolyse

C19: back formation from electrolysis on pattern of analyse
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