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verb de·po·lar·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\

Definition of depolarize

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to become partially or wholly unpolarized

  3. 2 :  to prevent or remove polarization of (as a dry cell or cell membrane)

depolarization play \(ˌ)dē-ˌpō-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
depolarizer play \(ˌ)dē-ˈpō-lə-ˌrī-zər\ noun


First Known Use of depolarize


Rhymes with depolarize

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Medical Dictionary


verb de·po·lar·ize

Medical Definition of depolarize

depolarized or British depolarised; depolarizing or British depolarising

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause (a muscle or nerve cell) to undergo depolarization <In order to establish whether or not this type of capacitor discharge would depolarize the entire heart, it was tested as a cardiac defibrillator.—Bernard Lown et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 1 Aug. l986>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo depolarization <Smooth muscle cells in small arteries depolarize and contract in response to increased intravascular pressure.—Joseph E. Brayden and Mark T. Nelson, Science, 24 Apr. 1992>

depolarizer or British depolariser \-ˌrī-zər\play noun

Variants of depolarize

or British depolarise \(ˈ)dē-ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\play

Learn More about depolarize

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "depolarize"

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