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iontophoresis

[ ahy-on-tuh-fuh-ree-sis ]

noun

  1. a painless alternative to drug injection in which a weak electrical current is used to stimulate drug-carrying ions to pass through intact skin.


iontophoresis

/ aɪˌɒntəʊfəˈriːsɪs /

noun

  1. biochem a technique for studying neurotransmitters in the brain by the application of experimental solutions to the tissues through fine glass electrodes


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Other Words From

  • i·on·to·pho·ret·ic [ahy-on-t, uh, -f, uh, -, ret, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of iontophoresis1

1905–10; < Greek iont- (stem of iṓn ), present participle of iénai to go ( ion ) + -o- -o- + phorē-, verbid stem of phoreîn to carry (akin to phérein; bear 1 ) + -sis -sis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of iontophoresis1

C20: from Greek iont-, ion, from ienai to go + -phoresis

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