Meaning of Leclanché cell in English:

Leclanché cell

Pronunciation /ləˈklɒ̃ʃeɪ sɛl/


  • A primary electrochemical cell having a zinc cathode in contact with zinc chloride, ammonium chloride (as a solution or a paste) as the electrolyte, and a carbon anode in contact with a mixture of manganese dioxide and carbon powder.

    • ‘By far the most common primary cells are based on the zinc-manganese dioxide couple, either so-called zinc-carbon cells (Leclanché cells) or alkaline manganese cells.’


Late 19th century named after Georges Leclanché (1839–82), French chemist.