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hyperpolarize

[ hahy-per-poh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), hy·per·po·lar·ized, hy·per·po·lar·iz·ing.

to increase the difference in electric potential across (a cell membrane).

verb (used without object), hy·per·po·lar·ized, hy·per·po·lar·iz·ing.

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
hy·per·po·lar·i·za·tion, noun
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Medical definitions for hyperpolarize

hyperpolarize
[ hī′pər-pōlə-rīz′ ]

v.

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