Meaning of iontophoresis in English:


Pronunciation /ʌɪˌɒntə(ʊ)fəˈriːsɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • A technique of introducing ionic medicinal compounds into the body through the skin by applying a local electric current.

    ‘Magnetic insoles have no demonstrated benefit, nor does therapeutic ultrasonography, laser therapy, iontophoresis, or electron-generating devices.’
    • ‘Other delivery vehicles for topical anesthesia currently in development, including iontophoresis and anesthetic patches, may one day give patients and physicians even more flexibility.’
    • ‘If symptoms are not relieved, physical therapy that includes ultrasonography, massage, and iontophoresis should be considered.’
    • ‘A process called iontophoresis applies electricity to the affected area.’
    • ‘During sweat stimulation, a variety of chemicals are used at the negative electrode to complete the circuit during iontophoresis.’


Early 20th century from ion, on the pattern of electrophoresis.