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See primary cell.
(General Physics) another name for primary cell
A device that produces an electric current by means of an irreversible chemical reaction that causes ions to form at one electrode and flow toward another electrode. The electrodes are made of different metals and are immersed in a reactive solution of electrolytes. Car batteries are voltaic cells. Compare electrolytic cell.
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|Noun||1.||voltaic cell - an electric cell that generates an electromotive force by an irreversible conversion of chemical to electrical energy; cannot be recharged|
anode - the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
cathode - the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
electric cell, cell - a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
Leclanche cell - voltaic cell that produces approximately 1.5 volts
mercury cell - a primary cell consisting of a zinc anode and a cathode of mercury oxide and an electrolyte of potassium hydroxide
standard cell - a primary cell used as a standard of electromotive force
galvanic battery, voltaic battery - battery consisting of a number of voltaic cells arranged in series or parallel
wet cell - a primary voltaic cell having a liquid electrolyte
electrolytic cell - a cell containing an electrolyte in which an applied voltage causes a reaction to occur that would not occur otherwise (such as the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen)