Definition of depolarize in English:

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depolarize

Pronunciation: /dēˈpōləˌrīz/

verb

[with object] Physics
Reduce or remove the polarization of: the threshold necessary to depolarize the membrane
More example sentences
  • Light passing through such a liquid crystal can be polarized and depolarized by changing the field and has led to the liquid crystal displays we see in watches, microwaves, and laptop computers today.
  • The positive charge that they carry produces a further membrane depolarization, which activates additional sodium channels, so depolarizing the membrane even further.
  • The ability of the plasma membrane to depolarize remains functional in the rho cells as evidenced by the release of insulin with the depolarizing agent KCl.

Derivatives

depolarization

Pronunciation: /dēˌpōlərəˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /dēˌpōləˌrīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /dəˌpōləˌrīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /dəˌpōlərəˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Whereas increasing temperature accelerated fluorescence depolarization, increasing solvent viscosity slowed the process down.
  • As the channel opens upon a depolarization, the trapped ion can escape to the intracellular medium increasing the stability of the bound toxin.
  • Polarization or depolarization of the membrane voltage opens the gate subunits and permits a flood of calcium ions through the cell membrane.

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Syllabification: de·po·lar·ize

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