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or e·lec·tro·lyt·i·cal

[ih-lek-truh-lit-ik or ih-lek-truh-lit-i-kuh l]
  1. pertaining to or derived by electrolysis.
  2. pertaining to an electrolyte.
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Origin of electrolytic

First recorded in 1835–45; electro- + -lytic
Related formse·lec·tro·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·e·lec·tro·lyt·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for electrolytic

Historical Examples

  • The theory of electrolytic dissociation and the properties of solutions.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson

  • Chlorine is prepared commercially by the electrolytic process.

  • An electrolytic interrupter can be bought for as little as $3.00.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book

    A. Frederick Collins

  • First, there is little evidence of electrolytic differentiation in the rocks.

    Climatic Changes

    Ellsworth Huntington

  • The vessel containing the liquid is known as an electrolytic cell.

British Dictionary definitions for electrolytic


  1. physics
    1. of, concerned with, or produced by electrolysis or electrodeposition
    2. of, relating to, or containing an electrolyte
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  1. Also called: electrolytic capacitor electronics a small capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte
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Derived Formselectrolytically, adverb
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electrolytic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to electrolysis.
  2. Produced by electrolysis.
  3. Of or relating to electrolytes.
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Related formse•lec′tro•lyti•cal•ly adv.
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