Electrolysis Definition

ĭ-lĕk-trŏlĭ-sĭs, ēlĕk-
The decomposition of an electrolyte by the action of an electric current passing through it.
Webster's New World
A cosmetic procedure in which unwanted hair is removed from the body by destroying the hair roots with an electrified needle.
Webster's New World

Origin of Electrolysis

  • Introduced by Faraday on the suggestion of the Rev. William Whewell, from electro- +‎ -lysis (“a loosening”). Originally of tumors, later (1909) of hair removal.

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