n. Abbr. ka
1. A negatively charged electrode, as of an electrolytic cell, storage battery, diode, or electron tube.
2. The positively charged terminal of a primary cell or a storage battery that is supplying current.
[Greek kathodos, descent : kat-, kata-, cata- + hodos, way, path.]
ca·thodic (kă-thŏdĭk) adj.
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