phoresis (n.)

"the movement of small particles by some agency," 1897, from Greek phorēsis "a being carried," from pherein "to carry" (from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry"). 

In a paper which I sent to the Dental Section of the International Medical Congress, to be held at Moscow in August, I made a proposition to substitute [for cataphoresis] the word "phoresis," and we will speak of the phoretic action instead of the cataphoretic or anaphoretic. [Dr. W.J. Morton of New York in "Items of Interest," vol. XIX, 1897]

updated on August 26, 2022