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noun ef·fec·tor \i-ˈfek-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Definition of effector

  1. 1 :  a bodily organ (as a gland or muscle) that becomes active in response to stimulation

  2. 2 :  a molecule (as an inducer or a corepressor) that activates, controls, or inactivates a process or action (as protein synthesis)



1906

First Known Use of effector

1906


Medical Dictionary

effector

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noun ef·fec·tor \i-ˈfek-tər, -ˌtȯ(ə)r\

Medical Definition of effector

  1. 1:  a bodily organ (as a gland or muscle) that becomes active in response to stimulation

  2. 2:  a molecule (as an inducer, a corepressor, or an enzyme) that activates, controls, or inactivates a process or action (as protein synthesis or the release of a second messenger)




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