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An electrochemical method of quantitative or qualitative analysis based on the relationship between an increasing current passing through a solution and the increasing voltage used to produce the current.

po·lar′o·graph′ic (-lăr′ə-grăf′ĭk) adj.
po·lar′o·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


(Chemistry) a technique for analysing and studying ions in solution by using an electrolytic cell with a very small cathode and obtaining a graph (polarogram) of the current against the potential to determine the concentration and nature of the ions. Because the cathode is small, polarization occurs and each type of anion is discharged at a different potential. The apparatus (polarograph) usually employs a dropping-mercury cathode
polarographic adj


(ˌpoʊ ləˈrɒg rə fi)

a technique for analyzing an electrolytic solution by comparing the current passed through a specimen with its voltage.
po•lar`o•graph′ic (-ˌlær əˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.polarography - an electrochemical method of chemical analysis
chemical analysis, qualitative analysis - the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements
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Oxygen uptake was estimated polarographically using a Clark-type electrode in a 1.5 ml water-jacketed chamber at 37[degrees]C.
For instance, in glioblastoma and carboplatin-treated NSCLC xenograft tumors, EPO administration resulted in significantly lower hypoxia as assessed polarographically or with HIF-1[alpha] immunofluorescence, respectively [122,123].
The COX (EC activity of liver and BAT was measured with polarographic method using oxygen electrode (Hansatech Instruments LTD., England) (Sundin et al., 1987), and the a-glycerophosphate oxidase (a-PGO; EC was determined polarographically according to Steffen and Roberts (Steffen and Roberts, 1977).
Mitochondrial oxygen consumption was measured polarographically with a Clark-type oxygen electrode in a thermostated gas-tight chamber (Hansatech Instruments, Norfolk, UK) [42, 43].