Also, effecter. a person or thing that effects.
Physiology. an organ or cell that carries out a response to a nerve impulse.
Biochemistry. a substance, as a hormone, that increases or decreases the activity of an enzyme.

1595–1605; < Latin, equivalent to effec- variant stem of efficere (see effect) + -tor -tor

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effector or effecter (ɪˈfɛktə)
physiol a nerve ending that terminates in a muscle or gland and provides neural stimulation causing contraction or secretion
effecter or effecter

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effector ef·fec·tor (ĭ-fěk'tər)

  1. A muscle, a gland, or an organ capable of responding to a stimulus, especially a nerve impulse.

  2. A nerve ending that carries impulses to a muscle, a gland, or an organ and activates muscle contraction or glandular secretion.

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Example sentences
In hyperthermia all the effector processes are stained to the utmost, whereas in fevers they are not.
But to work, these effector proteins need to first make their way inside of a cell.
Consider that an if-then logic statement is nothing but a sensor connected to an effector.
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