hyperpolarize

[hahy-per-poh-luh-rahyz] Physiology.
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:
1945–50; hyper- + polarize

hyperpolarization, noun
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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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One way to hyperpolarize a sample of hydrogen gas is to change the proportions of parahydrogen and orthohydrogen in it.
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