|1.||the act of inducting or state of being inducted|
|2.||the act of inducing|
|3.||(in an internal-combustion engine) the part of the action of a piston by which mixed air and fuel are drawn from the carburettor to the cylinder|
|a. a process of reasoning, used esp in science, by which a general conclusion is drawn from a set of premises, based mainly on experience or experimental evidence. The conclusion goes beyond the information contained in the premises, and does not follow necessarily from them. Thus an inductive argument may be highly probable, yet lead from true premises to a false conclusion|
|b. Compare deduction a conclusion reached by this process of reasoning|
|5.||See also inductance the process by which electrical or magnetic properties are transferred, without physical contact, from one circuit or body to another|
|6.||biology the effect of one tissue, esp an embryonic tissue, on the development of an adjacent tissue|
|7.||biochem the process by which synthesis of an enzyme is stimulated by the presence of its substrate|
|a. a method of proving a proposition that all integers have a property, by first proving that 1 has the property and then that if the integer n has it so has n + 1|
|b. the application of recursive rules|
|9.||a. a formal introduction or entry into an office or position|
|b. (as modifier): induction course; induction period|
|10.||(US) the formal enlistment of a civilian into military service|
|11.||an archaic word for preface|
induction in·duc·tion (ĭn-dŭk'shən)
The process of initiating or increasing the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
The period from the first administration of anesthesia to the establishment of a depth of anesthesia adequate for surgery.
The change in form or shape caused by the action of one tissue of an embryo on adjacent tissues or parts, as by the diffusion of hormones.
A modification imposed upon the offspring by the action of environment on the germ cells of one or both parents.
The generation of electromotive force in a closed circuit by a varying magnetic flux through the circuit.
|induction (ĭn-dŭk'shən) Pronunciation Key
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A process of reasoning that moves from specific instances to predict general principles. (Compare deduction.)