Meaning of CATHODE in English


/kath"ohd/ , n.

1. the electrode or terminal by which current leaves an electrolytic cell, voltaic cell, battery, etc.

2. the positive terminal of a voltaic cell or battery.

3. the negative terminal, electrode, or element of an electron tube or electrolytic cell.

[ 1825-35; káthodos a way down, equiv. to kat- CAT- + hodós way ]

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