Definition of polyelectrolyte in English:

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polyelectrolyte

Pronunciation: /ˌpälēəˈlektrəˌlīt/

noun

Chemistry
A polymer that has several ionizable groups along the molecule, especially any of those used for coagulating and flocculating particles during water treatment or for making electrophoretic gels.
Example sentences
  • Biochemists have known for many years that to get large charged molecules called polyelectrolytes to snuggle up, ions in the solution are essential.
  • Even so, this apparent complexity would allow benefit from progresses in statistical physics, and scaling theories applied to polymers, polyelectrolytes, and polyampholytes.
  • Transport of polyelectrolytes, in particular of nucleic acid fragments, through proteinaceous pores in membranes has also been reported.

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Syllabification: pol·y·e·lec·tro·lyte

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