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verb (used with object), hy·per·po·lar·ized, hy·per·po·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to increase the difference in electric potential across (a cell membrane).
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verb (used without object), hy·per·po·lar·ized, hy·per·po·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to undergo such an increase.
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Also especially British, hy·per·po·lar·ise.

Origin of hyperpolarize

First recorded in 1945–50; hyper- + polarize
Related formshy·per·po·lar·i·za·tion, noun
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hyperpolarize in Medicine


  1. To cause an increase in polarity, as across a cell membrane.
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Related formshy′per•po′lar•i•zation (-pō′lər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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