electroporation

noun
elec·​tro·​po·​ra·​tion | \i-ˌlek-trə-pȯr-ˈā-shən \

Definition of electroporation 

: the application of an electric current to a living surface (such as the skin or a cell membrane) in order to open pores or channels through which something (such as a drug or DNA) may pass

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And don’t dismiss electroporation for ex vivo approaches: zap the cell, make a hole, in goes CRISPR. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Archived chat: last week in CRISPR — cancer, patents, and a dip in the market," 19 June 2018 The electrical pulse opens pores in cells that allow for direct genetic delivery—a process called electroporation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Heal thyself: Skin-zapping chip aims to reprogram cells for tissue repair," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of electroporation

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for electroporation

electr- + pore entry 2 + -ation

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electroporation

noun
elec·​tro·​po·​ra·​tion | \i-ˌlek-trə-pȯr-ˈā-shən \

Medical Definition of electroporation 

: the application of an electric current to a living surface (as the skin or the plasma membrane of a cell) in order to open pores or channels through which something (as a drug or DNA) may pass

Other Words from electroporation

electroporate \i-​ˈlek-​trə-​pə-​ˌrāt \ transitive verb electroporated; electroporating

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