en·hanc·er | \in-ˈhan(t)-sər, 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

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Bigger isn’t better—proximity as an enhancer of player development The World Cup creates copycats. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 To apply, follow the directions for spraying liquid fertilizers when applying growth enhancers as a foliar spray. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Organic Fertilizer," 10 Mar. 2017 MISCELLANY Colts’ Turbin suspended for PEDs Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin was suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancers. BostonGlobe.com, "New sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar in Texas," 29 June 2018 Longley was convicted of battery of the girlfriend, which did not have domestic violence enhancer because the two women had never met. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin woman who lost gun rights for a misdemeanor conviction can't withdraw plea," 8 Feb. 2018 The elevated rate of oxygen delivery to working is a natural performance enhancer. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "Athletes, Stock Up on This Powerhouse Summer Produce," 22 June 2018 The researchers found 16 good candidates for the Sox9 enhancer. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The little piece of DNA that makes girls boys," 14 June 2018 Brown knows from experience that dumping a deficit on a successor is not a legacy enhancer. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Gov. Jerry Brown's parting gift to his successor: ship-shape state finances," 14 May 2018 There is a breakdown in the supply chain for the performance enhancers. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage," 18 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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en·hanc·er | \in-ˈhan(t)-sər, en- \

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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