Permanent removal of body hair, including the hair root, with an electronic device. While it is billed as a permanent process, many people find that hair does grow back (albeit slowly) after electrolysis. Electrolysis may be done by a dermatologist, by an electrolysis technician, or in some cases by a facial technologist or esthetician.
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1. Decomposition of a salt or other chemical compound by means of an electric current. 2. Destruction of hair follicles by means of galvanic electricity. [electro- + G. lysis, dissolution]

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elec·trol·y·sis i-.lek-'träl-ə-səs n, pl -y·ses -.sēz
1 a) the producing of chemical changes by passage of an electric current through an electrolyte
b) subjection to this action
2) the destruction of hair roots with an electric current

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elec·trol·y·sis (e″lek-trolґə-sis) [electro- + -lysis] 1. a chemical reaction caused by the passing of an electric current through 2. a solution. a plastic surgery technique whereby tissue such as unwanted hair is destroyed by exposing it to an electric current. electrolytic adj

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