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verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·lyzed, e·lec·tro·lyz·ing. Physical Chemistry.
  1. to decompose by electrolysis.
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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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Historical Examples of electrolyse

  • One of the first discoveries made with it was its power to electrolyse or chemically decompose certain solutions.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for electrolyse


US electrolyze

verb (tr)
  1. to decompose (a chemical compound) by electrolysis
  2. to destroy (living tissue, such as hair roots) by electrolysis
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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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