iontophoresis

noun

ion·​to·​pho·​re·​sis (ˌ)ī-ˌän-tə-fə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce iontophoresis (audio)
: the introduction of an ionized substance (such as a drug) through intact skin by the application of a direct electric current
iontophoretic adjective
iontophoretically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If the sweating is concentrated away from armpits, or if a new antiperspirant doesn't solve the issue, some experts will consider electrical iontophoresis treatments on hands, feet or facial regions to stem sweating. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 6 Sep. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Iontophorese, from ionto-, combining form representing Ion ion (borrowed from Greek iont-, iṓn, present participle of iénai "to go") + -o- -o- + -phorese -phoresis — more at issue entry 1

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iontophoresis was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Iontophoresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iontophoresis. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

iontophoresis

noun
ion·​to·​pho·​re·​sis (ˌ)ī-ˌänt-ə-fə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce iontophoresis (audio)
plural iontophoreses -ˌsēz How to pronounce iontophoresis (audio)
: the introduction of an ionized substance (as a drug) through intact skin by the application of a direct electric current
iontophorese transitive verb
iontophoresed; iontophoresing
iontophoretic adjective
iontophoretically adverb
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