en·​hanc·​er | \ in-ˈhan(t)-sər How to pronounce enhancer (audio) , en- \

Definition of enhancer

1 : one that enhances
2 : a nucleotide sequence that increases the rate of genetic transcription by preferentially increasing the activity of the nearest promoter on the same DNA molecule

Examples of enhancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the enhancer, a young man was quickly tainted by an allegation we all abhor. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 13 May 2022 Jeudy was charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic-violence enhancer, but the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District dropped the case on May 31. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 15 June 2022 Mizunara is a species of oak native to Japan and is considered the signature enhancer giving Yamazaki its quintessential Japanese character and elegance. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Unsurprisingly, this frustration is especially strong in marketing departments, since growing pressure to harness data as a performance enhancer makes inefficiencies even more exasperating. Alexander Igelsböck, Forbes, 20 May 2022 But the relationship between Jeudy and Tharp meant the domestic-violence enhancer had to be added to the second-degree criminal tampering charge. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 31 May 2022 The mysterious substance in the bottle, from his point of view, had become a performance-enhancer: women’s perfume. New York Times, 22 May 2022 He has been charged with second degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, which is a misdemeanor in the state of Colorado, according to the sheriff's office. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 13 May 2022 He’s being held at the Arapahoe Co jail on charges of 2nd degree criminal tampering w/a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor. Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enhancer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2022

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“Enhancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhancer. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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en·​hanc·​er | \ in-ˈhan(t)-sər, en- How to pronounce enhancer (audio) \

Medical Definition of enhancer

: a nucleotide sequence that increases the rate of genetic transcription by increasing the activity of the nearest promoter on the same DNA molecule

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