Science, Tech, Math › Science Electrolytic Cell Definition Chemistry Glossary Definition of Electrolytic Cell Share Flipboard Email Print Nineteenth century electrolytic cell for producing oxyhydrogen. Henry M Paine/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain Science Chemistry Chemical Laws Basics Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated March 08, 2017 Electrolytic Cell Definition: A type of chemical cell in which the flow of electric energy from an external source causes a redox reaction to occur.