A voltage-generating cell having an electrolyte in the form of moist paste.
[So called because its contents cannot spill.]
(click for a larger image)dry cell
A. carbon rod
B. zinc casing
C. ammonium chloride paste (electrolyte)
D. carbon and manganese dioxide
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