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iontophoresis

[ahy-on-tuh-fuh-ree-sis] /aɪˌɒn tə fəˈri sɪs/
noun
1.
a painless alternative to drug injection in which a weak electrical current is used to stimulate drug-carrying ions to pass through intact skin.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < Greek iont- (stem of iṓn), present participle of iénai to go (cf. ion) + -o- -o- + phorē-, verbid stem of phoreîn to carry (akin to phérein; see bear1) + -sis -sis
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iontophoretic
[ahy-on-tuh-fuh-ret-ik] /aɪˌɒn tə fəˈrɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for iontophoresis

iontophoresis

/aɪˌɒntəʊfəˈriːsɪs/
noun
1.
(biochem) a technique for studying neurotransmitters in the brain by the application of experimental solutions to the tissues through fine glass electrodes
Word Origin
C20: from Greek iont-, ion, from ienai to go + -phoresis
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iontophoresis in Medicine

iontophoresis i·on·to·pho·re·sis (ī-ŏn'tə-fə-rē'sĭs)
n.
The use of an electric current to introduce the ions of a medicament into bodily tissues. Also called ionization.


i·on'to·pho·ret'ic (-rět'ĭk) adj.
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