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electrolysis
with regard to chemistry


High heels, sheer hose, beautiful suits, hats, earrings, feathers, and the colors of pancake maquillage, plus electrolysis, sweet-sweats, and the hidden pinnings where adoration could come to roost.
Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  breaking a chemical compound down into its elements by passing a direct current through it
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In cosmetics electrolysis refers to the technique of removing unwanted hair by passing an electric current through the hair root.
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  • High heels, sheer hose, beautiful suits, hats, earrings, feathers, and the colors of pancake maquillage, plus electrolysis, sweet-sweats, and the hidden pinnings where adoration could come to roost.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I could use an electrolysis treatment.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • It heats CO2 to 900C, then passes it over a zirconia electrolysis cell to yank the carbon atoms off.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The electrolysis separated the hydrogen and oxygen from each other.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
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Associated words [difficulty]:   electrolysis [8] , electrolyte [8]
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