[ ih-lek-troh-fuh-ree-sis ]

  1. Also called cataphoresis. Physical Chemistry. the motion of colloidal particles suspended in a fluid medium, due to the influence of an electric field on the medium.

  2. Biology. this technique, applied to sorting proteins according to their responses to an electric field.

Origin of electrophoresis

1910–15; electro- + Greek phórēsis a being borne; see -phore, -sis

Other words from electrophoresis

  • e·lec·tro·pho·ret·ic [ih-lek-troh-fuh-ret-ik], /ɪˌlɛk troʊ fəˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby electrophoresis

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British Dictionary definitions for electrophoresis


/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊfəˈriːsɪs) /

  1. the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an applied electric field: Also called: cataphoresis

Derived forms of electrophoresis

  • electrophoretic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊfəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for electrophoresis


[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-fə-rēsĭs ]

  1. The migration of electrically charged molecules through a fluid or gel under the influence of an electric field. Electrophoresis is used especially to separate combinations of compounds, such as fragments of DNA, for the purpose of studying their components.

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