surface-tension theory of narcosis

n.

The theory that substances that lower the surface tension of water pass more readily into a cell and cause narcosis by decreasing metabolism.

Nearby words

  1. surface wave,
  2. surface-active,
  3. surface-active agent,
  4. surface-printing,
  5. surface-ripened,
  6. surface-to-air,
  7. surface-to-surface,
  8. surface-to-underwater,
  9. surfacing,
  10. surfactant


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