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Pronunciation:  ilek'trâlisis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  removing superfluous or unwanted hair by passing an electric current through the hair root
  2. [n]  lysis of a bond produced by the passage of an electric current

ELECTROLYSIS is a 12 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: depilation, epilation, lysis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\E`lec*trol"y*sis\, n. [Electro- + Gr. ? a loosing,
dissolving, fr. ? to loose, dissolve.] (Physics & Chem.)
The act or process of chemical decomposition, by the action
of electricity; as, the electrolysis of silver or nickel for
plating; the electrolysis of water.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The process where an electric current is passed through an electrolytic solution or other appropriate medium, causing a chemical reaction. Similar to what happens within a battery.
  2. In medicine, the process where an electric current is used to destroy tumors. 
  3. In cosmetology, the removal of unwanted body hair by electrocuting the hair roots with an electrified needle.
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