electrophoresis e·lec·tro·pho·re·sis (ĭ-lěk'trō-fə-rē'sĭs)
The migration of charged colloidal particles or molecules through a solution under the influence of an applied electric field usually provided by immersed electrodes. Also called ionophoresis, phoresis.
A method of separating substances, especially proteins, and analyzing molecular structure based on the rate of movement of each component in a colloidal suspension while under the influence of an electric field.
|electrophoresis (ĭ-lěk'trō-fə-rē'sĭs) Pronunciation Key
The migration of electrically charged molecules through a fluid or gel under the influence of an electric field. Electrophoresis is used especially to separate combinations of compounds, such as fragments of DNA, for the purpose of studying their components.