Skip to Content

chaotropism

Pronunciation: kā′ō-trōp′izm

Definition: Property of some substances, usually ions (SCN−, ClO4−, guanidinium), to disrupt the structure of water and thereby promote the solubility of nonpolar substances in polar solvents (water), the unfolding of proteins, the elution from or movement through a chromatographic medium of an otherwise tightly bound substance, etc.

[G. chaos, disorder, confusion, + tropē, a turning]

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.

Hide