inducer

inducer

[in-doo-ser, -dyoo-]
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a substance that has the capability of activating genes within a cell.
2.
Embryology. a part that influences differentiation of another part.

Origin:
1545–55, for an earlier sense; induce + -er1

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induce (ɪnˈdjuːs)
 
vb
1.  ( often foll by an infinitive ) to persuade or use influence on
2.  to cause or bring about
3.  med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
4.  obsolete logic to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
5.  to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
6.  to transmit (magnetism) by induction
 
[C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead]
 
in'ducer
 
n
 
in'ducible
 
adj

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inducer in·duc·er (ĭn-dōō'sər, -dyōō'-)
n.

  1. One that induces, especially a molecule that is usually a substrate of a specific enzyme pathway, combining with an active repressor produced by a regulator gene to deactivate the repressor.

  2. A part or structure in an embryo that influences the differentiation of another part.

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