Definition of depolarization in US English:

depolarization

(British depolarisation)

noun

Physics
  • See depolarize

    • ‘Whereas increasing temperature accelerated fluorescence depolarization, increasing solvent viscosity slowed the process down.’
    • ‘As the channel opens upon a depolarization, the trapped ion can escape to the intracellular medium increasing the stability of the bound toxin.’
    • ‘Polarization or depolarization of the membrane voltage opens the gate subunits and permits a flood of calcium ions through the cell membrane.’
    • ‘Conversely, if a depolarizing process is much slower than the decay of the excited state, little depolarization will occur before emission.’
    • ‘Localized depolarization within a mitochondrial reticulum leads to a virtually instantaneous depolarization of coupled mitochondria.’

Pronunciation

depolarization

/dəˌpōlərəˈzāSHən/