Chemistry. an anode that is attached to a metal object subject to electrolysis and is decomposed instead of the object.
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Origin of sacrificial anode
First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial anode
metallurgy an electropositive metal, such as zinc, that protects a more important electronegative part by corroding when attacked by electrolytic action
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