gel electrophoresis

noun

: electrophoresis in which molecules (such as proteins and nucleic acids) migrate through a gel and especially a polyacrylamide gel and separate into bands according to size

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That venom product could then be separated into individual components and identified using gel electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2015 The outbreak prodded the CDC to develop a program that relied on a technique called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis in which investigators could look at a germ's DNA in clumps. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 Investigators used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to find 11 illnesses with a similar genetic pattern, but whole genome sequencing definitively linked 10 and caused one to be tossed out as unrelated. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gel electrophoresis was in 1955

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“Gel electrophoresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel%20electrophoresis. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition

gel electrophoresis

noun
: electrophoresis in which molecules (as proteins and nucleic acids) migrate through a gel and especially a polyacrylamide gel and separate into bands according to size
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