electrolysis

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Coined by English polymath William Whewell in 1834 for Michael Faraday. From electro- +‎ -lysis (a loosening). Originally of tumors, later (1909) of hair removal.

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electrolysis (countable and uncountable, plural electrolyses)

  1. (chemistry) the chemical change produced by passing an electric current through a conducting solution or a molten salt.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 136:
      But current leakage in a Tube tunnel can cause electrolysis to occur in steel retaining walls, which in turn causes them to rust; it could also damage the foundations of nearby buildings.
  2. The destruction of hair roots by means of an electric current.

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