discharge

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discharge dis·charge (dĭs-chärj')
v. dis·charged, dis·charg·ing, dis·charg·es

  1. To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.

  2. To release a patient from custody or care.

  3. To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.

n. (dĭs'chärj', dĭs-chärj')
  1. The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.

  2. A substance that is excreted or secreted.

  3. The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.

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