electrolytic potential

electrolytic potential

[i′lek·trə‚lid·ik pə′ten·chəl]
(physical chemistry)
Difference in potential between an electrode and the immediately adjacent electrolyte, expressed in terms of some standard electrode difference.
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Because of their respective positions in the Electrochemical Series (zinc = -850mV, copper = +80mV) there is a high electrolytic potential between these two metals, which causes zinc ions to be released into the water in minute quantities.