voltaic

Voltaic describes a chemical reaction that results in electrical energy. Batteries are the most common voltaic devices.

While the adjective voltaic specifically refers to the chemical process that occurs in a battery, it's often used to mean simply "relating to electricity." You might notice the word's similarity to volt, a basic unit of electricity. The two words share a root, Volta, the last name of the Italian physicist who invented the electric battery in 1800.

Definitions of voltaic
  1. adjective
    pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action
    synonyms: galvanic
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