electrophoresis

noun
elec·​tro·​pho·​re·​sis | \i-ˌlek-trə-fə-ˈrē-səs \

Definition of electrophoresis 

: the movement of suspended particles through a medium (such as paper or gel) under the action of an electromotive force applied to electrodes in contact with the suspension

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Other Words from electrophoresis

electrophorese \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​fə-​ˈrēs , -​ˈrēz \ transitive verb
electrophoretic \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​fə-​ˈre-​tik \ adjective
electrophoretically \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​fə-​ˈre-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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These fragments were then placed in a gel and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018 The test uses a process called capillary electrophoresis to separate a liquid into its independent components. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "JPL Invents a Better Way to Test for Alien Life," 27 Jan. 2017 His invention, called gel electrophoresis, is in wide use today. Denise Gellene, New York Times, "Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91," 11 Jan. 2017 The mixture is then funneled through a channel via capillary electrophoresis. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Why Spacecraft of the Future Will Be Packed With Microfluidics," 21 June 2013 The team used a technique called gel electrophoresis to break down the muscles into individual muscle fibers, and compared this breakdown to human muscle fiber data. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "How chimps outmuscle humans," 26 June 2017 Capillary electrophoresis has been used since the 1980s, but the new test made some important changes that optimize the process to search for alien life. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "JPL Invents a Better Way to Test for Alien Life," 27 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of electrophoresis

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for electrophoresis

New Latin

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electrophoresis

noun
elec·​tro·​pho·​re·​sis | \-trə-fə-ˈrē-səs \
plural electrophoreses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of electrophoresis 

: the movement of suspended particles through a fluid or gel under the action of an electromotive force applied to electrodes in contact with the suspension

called also cataphoresis

Other Words from electrophoresis

electrophoretic \ -​ˈret-​ik \ adjective
electrophoretically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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