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a loss of polarity or polarization


phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

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Princeton WordNet


depolarisation [British spelling]


see "de-" + "polarization".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references



a change in a cell's membrane potential, making it more positive, or less negative. In neurons and some other cells, a large enough depolarization may result in an action potential. Hyperpolarization is the opposite of depolarization, and inhibits the ... (39 of 303 words)


Depolarization (disambiguation) | depolarizer

may refer to: Depolarization, a decrease in the absolute value of a cell's membrane potential | Depolarizer, a substance used to depolarize an electrochemical cell | Depolarization ratio, the intensity ratio between the parallel component and the ... (35 of 96 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Depolarization (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

depolarization | depolarisation [British] | depolarize [British] | depolarise [British]

the unification (of groups, a place, society) that have hitherto been very separate | [optics] to cause to undergo a loss of polarity or polarization ... (24 of 281 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)



depolarize | depolarization [noun, related] | depolarizer [noun, related]

to cause to become partially or wholly unpolarized | to prevent or remove polarization of (as a dry cell or cell membrane) (21 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)



depolarization | depolarisation | depolarisations [plural] | depolarizations [plural]

The act of depriving of polarity, or the result of such action; reduction to an unpolarized condition. (17 of 25 words, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

depolarize | depolarized [past tense] | depolarizing [present participle] | depolarizes [3rd-person singular present] | depolarization [noun, related]

To partially or completely eliminate or counteract the polarization of. | To demagnetize. (12 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

depolarize | depolarized [past tense] | depolarizing [present participle] | depolarization [noun, related] | depolarizer [noun, related]

to destroy or counteract the polarity or polarization of (9 of 19 words, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

change | the change | the change of life | Change | 'Change | changes | change address | change colour | change hands | ...

make or become different | [intransitive, with complement] : alter in terms of | (of traffic lights) move from one colour of signal to another | (of ... (24 of 907 words, 45 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present] | all change | change direction/course | change ends | change for the better/worse | change gear/gears | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to become different, or to make someone or ... | [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing one thing and start doing something ... (20 of 873 words, 18 definitions, 34 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | change front [sense-specific] | change hands [sense-specific] | change off [sense-specific] | change one's mind [sense-specific] | ring the changes [sense-specific] | change hands: hand [definition 34, sense-specific] | ...

to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it's or from what it would be if left alone. | to transform ... (26 of 587 words, 38 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

change [entry 1] | change your mind | change for the better | change places | change your ways

to make or become different, or to exchange one thing for another thing, especially of a similar type | "change your mind": to form a new opinion or ... (27 of 227 words, 5 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 1

change [entry 2]

to get off a train, bus, etc. and catch another in order to continue a journey (16 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 2

change [entry 3]

to get or give money in exchange for money, either because you want it in smaller units, or because you want the same value in foreign money (27 of 59 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 3

change [entry 4]

to remove one set of clothes and put a different set on yourself or a young child, especially a baby, or to remove dirty sheets from a bed and put ... (30 of 115 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 4

change [entry 5]

When the wind or the tide (the rise and fall of the sea) changes, it starts to move in a different direction (22 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 5

change [entry 6] | shift

([United States] "shift") to put a vehicle into a different gear, usually in order to change the speed at which it's moving (22 of 49 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 6

change [entry 7] | change of scene

when something becomes different, or the result of something becoming different | [singular] something which is pleasant or interesting because it's ... (20 of 146 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 7

change [entry 8]

money which is coins rather than notes | smaller units of money given in exchange for larger units of the same amount | the money which is returned to ... (27 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 8

change [entry 9] | a change of clothes | change of clothes

the action of putting on different clothes | "a change of clothes": a set of clothes as well as the ones that you are wearing (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 9

change [entry 10]

the action of getting off a train, bus, etc. and catching another in order to continue a journey (18 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 10

Encarta Dictionary:

depolarize | depolarized [past tense] | depolarizing [present participle] | depolarizes [3rd-person singular present] | depolarization [noun, derived] | depolarizer [noun, derived]

to remove or reduce the polarization or polarity of something, or lose polarization or polarity (15 of 56 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:


First use: 1815

Origin: see "de-" + "polarization".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=depolarization


Origin: active prefix in English and in many words inherited from French and Latin, from L. "de" "down, down from, from, off; concerning", also used as a ... (26 of 114 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=de-


First use: 1812

Origin: "polarize" + "-ation".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=polarization

Audio references


depolarization | depolarisation

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "depolarization"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=depola​02 word=depolarization

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