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Potential gradient

Definition
noun
(1) The local space rate of change of the potential with respect to displacement.
(2) The net difference in electric charge across a cell membrane.
Supplement
Word origin: potential: from Late Latin potentiālis, powerful, from Latin potentia, power; gradient: from Latin gradiens, present participle of gradior (“‘to step, to walk’”).
Synonym: electric gradient.


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