electric potential gradient


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electric potential gradient

n.
The net difference in electric charge across a cell membrane.
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This innate electrical signaling system regulates bodily functions from the cellular level by using the movement of ions with a small positive or negative electrical charge to create concentration gradient and consequently an electric potential gradient.
Electrodes set up a substantially uniform electric potential gradient (electric field) along the channel, which pushes charged molecules (ions) along the flow.

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