microelectrode

noun

mi·​cro·​elec·​trode ˌmī-krō-i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce microelectrode (audio)
: a minute electrode
especially : one that is inserted in a living biological cell or tissue in studying its electrical characteristics

Examples of microelectrode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The microelectrode arrays linked up to metal pedestals that stuck outside his skin for connection to an external electric stimulator. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Oct. 2016 Neuroscientists of that era speculated that the hippocampus was too far removed from the sensory organs to process their inputs in any manner that could easily be understood from a microelectrode recording. May-Britt Moser, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2016 To investigate how the visual encoder could work with the microelectrode array system, the patient used the visual encoder to scan an image of black and white bars printed on cardboard. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Manufacturing large microelectrode arrays can be very complex and costly, Zeck says, but making large sheets of graphene could be more practical. Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Wired, 12 July 2021 Now microelectrode biosensors are available that give unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, enabling direct measurement of chemical conversations between cells in the nervous system. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Utah Emeritus Distinguished Professor Richard A. Normann invented the Utah Slanted Electrode Array, a grouping of 100 microelectrodes and wires implanted in the forearm's nerves and connected to an external computer. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 July 2019 The team used microelectrodes to record activity from neurons in the temporal lobes of patients undergoing surgery for epilepsy. Suzanne O’Sullivan, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2018 Today’s mainstream neuroscience has its roots in studying the behavior of neurons one at a time using needlelike microelectrodes. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 28 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microelectrode was in 1917

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“Microelectrode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microelectrode. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

microelectrode

noun
mi·​cro·​elec·​trode ˌmī-krō-i-ˈlek-ˌtrōd How to pronounce microelectrode (audio)
: a minute electrode
especially : one that is inserted in a living biological cell or tissue in studying its electrical characteristics
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