Definition of cationic in English:

cationic

adjective

Chemistry
  • See cation

    • ‘The development of both cationic and anionic exchange materials did not occur until 1935.’
    • ‘The primary conditioning ingredients are cationic surfactants, silicones, and polymers.’
    • ‘More than a decade of research into nonviral gene delivery has yielded a number of synthetic cationic lipids and polymers with transfection activity.’
    • ‘Adsorption of cationic polymers on target cell surfaces is rapid, dose dependent, and independent of cell type’
    • ‘Synthetic small interfering RNA molecules can be introduced into cells by using reagents such as cationic lipids to promote uptake across the cell membrane.’

Pronunciation

cationic

/katʌɪˈɒnɪk/