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elec·tro·lytic cell

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  1. electrolytic cellnoun

    a cell containing an electrolyte in which an applied voltage causes a reaction to occur that would not occur otherwise (such as the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen)


  1. electrolytic cell

    An electrolytic cell is a type of electrochemical cell used in electrochemistry, where electrical energy is used to drive a non-spontaneous chemical reaction. It usually consists of two electrodes, an anode and a cathode, immersed in an electrolyte solution. When an external voltage source is applied, it triggers the flow of electrons and ions within the cell, leading to the chemical changes at the electrodes. The main applications of electrolytic cells are in electrolysis processes, where they are used for various purposes like extraction and purification of metals, electroplating, and production of chemicals.


  1. Electrolytic cell

    An electrolytic cell is an electrochemical cell that undergoes a redox reaction when electrical energy is applied. It is most often used to decompose chemical compounds, in a process called electrolysis--the Greek word lysis means to break up. When electrical energy is added to the system, the chemical energy is increased. Similarly to a galvanic cell, electrolytic cells usually consist of two half cells. Important examples of electrolysis are the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen, and bauxite into aluminium and other chemicals. An electrolytic cell has three component parts: an electrolyte and two electrodes. The electrolyte is usually a solution of water or other solvents in which ions are dissolved. Molten salts such as sodium chloride are also electrolytes. When driven by an external voltage applied to the electrodes, the electrolyte provides ions that flow to and from the electrodes, where charge-transferring reactions can take place. Only for an external electrical potential of correct polarity and sufficient magnitude can an electrolytic cell decompose a normally stable, or inert chemical compound in the solution. The electrical energy provided undoes the effect of spontaneous chemical reactions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of electrolytic cell in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of electrolytic cell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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