depolarize

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

Definition of depolarize

transitive verb
1 :to cause to become partially or wholly unpolarized
2 :to prevent or remove polarization of (something, such 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

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First Known Use of depolarize

1818


Medical Dictionary

depolarize

verb de·po·lar·ize
variants: or British depolarise play \(ˈ)dē-ˈpō-lə-ˌrīz\

medical Definition of depolarize

depolarized or British depolarised; depolarizing or British depolarising
transitive verb
: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 Association1 Aug. l986
intransitive verb
:to undergo depolarization
  • Smooth muscle cells in small arteries depolarize and contract in response to increased intravascular pressure.
  • —Joseph E. Brayden and Mark T. NelsonScience24 Apr. 1992

depolarizer

or British depolariser play \-ˌrī-zər\ noun

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