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1. The migration of charged colloidal particles or molecules through a stationary medium under the influence of an applied electric field usually provided by immersed electrodes. Also called cataphoresis.
2. A method of separating substances, especially proteins, and analyzing molecular structure based on the rate of movement of each component in a colloidal suspension while under the influence of an electric field.

e·lec′tro·pho·ret′ic (-rĕt′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.electrophoretic - of or relating to electrophoresis