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Definition: 'Depolarization'

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depolarization

Type: Term

Pronunciation: dē-pō′lăr-i-zā′shŭn

Definitions:
1. A relative reduction in magnitude of polarization; in nerve cells, depolarization may result from an increase in the permeability of the cell membrane to sodium ions.
2. The destruction, neutralization, or change in direction of polarity.



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