- A technique in which a brief electric shock is applied to cells; momentary holes open briefly in the plasma membrane, allowing the entry of macromolecules ( e.g., a way of introducing new DNA into a cell).
* * *elec·tro·po·ra·tion i-.lek-trə-pȯr-'ā-shən n the application of an electric current to a living surface (as the skin or the plasma membrane of a cell) in order to open pores or channels through which something (as a drug or DNA) may passelec·tro·po·rate i-'lek-trə-pə-.rāt vt, -rat·ed; -rat·ing
* * *elec·tro·po·ra·tion (e-lek″tro-pə-raґshən) the application of an electric field to cause a reversible creation of porelike openings in the plasma membrane of a cell, through which nucleic acids may be introduced.
Medical dictionary. 2011.