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hyperpolarize

[hahy-per-poh-luh-rahyz] /ˌhaɪ pərˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), hyperpolarized, hyperpolarizing.
1.
to increase the difference in electric potential across (a cell membrane).
verb (used without object), hyperpolarized, hyperpolarizing.
2.
to undergo such an increase.
Also, especially British, hyperpolarise.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; hyper- + polarize
Related forms
hyperpolarization, noun
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  • One way to hyperpolarize a sample of hydrogen gas is to change the proportions of parahydrogen and orthohydrogen in it.
hyperpolarize in Medicine

hyperpolarize hy·per·po·lar·ize (hī'pər-pō'lə-rīz')
v. hy·per·po·lar·ized, hy·per·po·lar·iz·ing, hy·per·po·lar·iz·es
To cause an increase in polarity, as across a cell membrane.


hy'per·po'lar·i·za'tion (-pō'lər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
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