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terminal through which electric current passes between metallic and nonmetallic parts of an electric circuit. In most familiar circuits current is carried by metallic conductors, but in some circuits the current passes for some distance through a nonmetallic conductor.
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 through which current leaves an electric device. In electrolysiselectrolysis
, passage of an electric current through a conducting solution or molten salt that is decomposed in the process. The Electrolytic Process

The electrolytic process requires that an electrolyte, an ionized solution or molten metallic salt, complete an
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, it is the negative electrode in the electrolytic cell.



(1) In an electron tube or a gas-discharge tube, the electrode that is the source of electrons that ensure the conductivity of interelectrode space in a vacuum or maintain the steadiness of the passage of an electric current through the gas. Depending on the mechanism of emission of electrons, there exist thermionic cathodes, photocathodes, and cold cathodes.

(2) The negatively charged electrode (pole) of a source of current (galvanic cell, storage battery).

(3) The electrode of an electrolytic cell, an electric arc, and other similar devices that are connected to the negative pole of a source of current.


The terminal at which current leaves a primary cell or storage battery; it is negative with respect to the device, and positive with respect to the external circuit.
The primary source of electrons in an electron tube; in directly heated tubes the filament is the cathode, and in indirectly heated tubes a coated metal cathode surrounds a heater. Designated K. Also known as negative electrode.
The terminal of a semiconductor diode that is negative with respect to the other terminal when the diode is biased in the forward direction.
(physical chemistry)
The electrode at which reduction takes place in an electrochemical cell, that is, a cell through which electrons are being forced.


1. the negative electrode in an electrolytic cell; the electrode by which electrons enter a device from an external circuit
2. the negatively charged electron source in an electronic valve
3. the positive terminal of a primary cell


The terminal on a device that emits current. In the cathode ray tubes (CRT) of the bulky TVs and monitors prior to flat panels, the negative cathode emits electrons that are attracted to the positive "anode." Current flows out of cathodes and into anodes. Depending on the application, a cathode may be considered positive or negative. Derived from Greek, cathode and anode mean "down" and "up" respectively. See electrode and cold cathode.

Cathode Emitters
In vacuum tubes, the cathodes are the emitters, and the anodes are the collectors.
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Therefore, it seems the application of cathodal direct current ES (at sensory threshold intensity) can induce improvement in skin temperature and wound healing in DFU, probably by stimulating the release of VEGF and NO and increasing blood flow following the expression of these angiogenic factors.
With the help of single hemolysate applicator (semimicro, 9 mm width), the strip was charged carefully and gently at cathodal end.
The cathodal active electrode was placed on the incision wound area on top of sterile gauze moistened with normal saline solution, and an indifferent electrode was placed on the shaved area contra-lateral to the wound, at the highest part of back.
Specifically, water flow in the extracellular boundary layer, induced by electro-osmosis, was driving cathodal movement of freely diffusing surface molecules and overwhelming electrophoresis to the anode (McLaughlin and Poo, 1981).
We conducted this study to investigate the role of sensory (600 [micro]A) and motor (threshold of contraction) intensities of cathodal current on releasing VEGF in wound healing.
Of the samples from 10 probable CDG-II patients, 1 sample also showed on IEF a cathodal shift of the O-glycosylated apolipoprotein CIII (not shown), and conserved oligomeric Golgi complex subunit 1 (COG-1) deficiency was later diagnosed in that sample donor (4).
In the other experimental group, the polarity of the treatment electrode was cathodal throughout the 3-week healing period.
Influence of cathodal high voltage pulsed current on acute edema.
A glass cylinder, which served as the cathodal compartment, was fixed to the forearm (at a site that had been cleaned with an alcohol swab) by use of a Teflon ring.
5) containing 100 mmol/L NaCl; the cathodal chamber contained the same volume of 10 mmol/L Tris buffer alone.