E*lec`tro-pos"i*tive (?), a.

1. Physics

Of such a nature relatively to some other associated body or bodies, as to tend to the negative pole of a voltaic battery, in electrolysis, while the associated body tends to the positive pole; -- the converse or correlative of electro-negative.

⇒ An element that is electro-positive in one compound may be electro-negative in another, and vice versa.

2. Chem.

Hence: Positive; metallic; basic; -- distinguished from negative, nonmetallic, or acid.


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E*lec`tro-pos"i*tive, n. Chem. & Physics

A body which passes to the negative pole in electrolysis.


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