electroporation

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electroporation

[i‚lek·trō·pə′rā·shən]
(biology)
The application of electric pulses to increase the permeability of cell membranes.
(cell and molecular biology)
The application of electric pulses to animal cells or plant protoplasts to increase membrane permeability.
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For comparison, the threshold field strength is about 500 times smaller than the field strength necessary to lead to depolarization and contraction of skeletal muscle and is 4500 times smaller than the minimum field strength necessary to electroporate skeletal muscle (Gehl et al, 1999; Posterino et al, 2000).