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[hahy-per-poh-luh-rahyz] /ˌhaɪ pərˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz/ Physiology
verb (used with object), hyperpolarized, hyperpolarizing.
to increase the difference in electric potential across (a cell membrane).
verb (used without object), hyperpolarized, hyperpolarizing.
to undergo such an increase.
Also, especially British, hyperpolarise.
Origin of hyperpolarize
First recorded in 1945-50; hyper- + polarize
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hyperpolarization, noun Unabridged
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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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