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 (ĭ-lĕk′trŏf′ər-əs, ē′lĕk-)
n. pl. e·lec·troph·o·ri (-ə-rī′, -ə-rē′)
An apparatus for generating static electricity, consisting of a hard rubber disk that is given a negative charge by friction and a metal plate that is given a net positive charge by induction when in contact with the disk.

[New Latin : electro- + Greek -phoros, -phorous.]
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(ɪlɛkˈtrɒfərəs; ˌiːlɛk-)
(General Physics) an apparatus for generating static electricity. It consists of an insulating plate charged by friction and used to charge a metal plate by induction
[C18: from electro- + -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear]
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(ɪ lɛkˈtrɒf ər əs, ˌi lɛk-)

n., pl. -o•ri (-əˌraɪ)
an instrument for generating static electricity by means of induction.
[1778; probably Latinization of Italian elettroforo; see electro-, -phore]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.electrophorus - a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricityelectrophorus - a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricity
electrostatic generator, electrostatic machine, Van de Graaff generator, Wimshurst machine - electrical device that produces a high voltage by building up a charge of static electricity
2.Electrophorus - type genus of the family Electrophoridae; electric eels
fish genus - any of various genus of fish
Electrophoridae, family Electrophoridae - small family comprising the electric eels
electric eel, Electrophorus electric - eel-shaped freshwater fish of South America having electric organs in its body
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After electrophoresis, a strip of electrophori zed gel was overlaid on the substrate-agar gel containing 3% CMC and 2% agar mixed with equal volume of 0.1 M citrate buffer pH 7.1 and incubated at 50degC for 30 minutes.
Towards the Orinoco, through the Llanos of Calabozo, Humboldt, who was keen to mention people of value he came across with, relates his surprise at meeting autodidact Carlos del Pozo y Sucre (1743-1813; Perez-Marchelli, 1997): "In Calabozo, in the middle of the llanos, we found an electric machine with great discs, electrophori, batteries and electrometers; an apparatus as complete as any found in Europe.