enhancer

noun
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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His importance to the offense will only be amplified with receiver Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Patriots’ Gronkowski beaming after signing restructured deal," 4 Sep. 2018 On top of this, many drugs that aren’t specifically performance enhancers can still improve strength, endurance, and recovery in ways that break the rules. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 To protect taxpayers from new risks, the credit enhancer’s guarantee would be market-priced and backed by the strength of its balance sheet, which requires banklike capital. Jeb Hensarling, WSJ, "Fannie and Freddie, Make Way for Ginnie Mae," 5 Sep. 2018 In other words, most performance enhancers aren’t meant to help lazy athletes keep up, but instead let hard-working competitors work even harder, and the effects are both mental and physical. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 And chemical and electrical performance enhancers, legal or otherwise, are becoming more, not less, common as amateurs increasingly follow in the tracks of the pros. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 Nowadays, devotees of the faux — tan, hair, eyebrows, Botox, other facial enhancers — might consider lying on a beach in the Golden State, on the Riviera, or anywhere else under the sun a lot of work. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Use vinegar or citrus juice as a flavor enhancer for greens and other vegetables, adding them at the last moment. Good Housekeeping, "Low Sodium Diet Plan: Shake the Salt Habit," 14 May 2010 That's what happened when the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state's penalty enhancer for hate speech. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shirley Abrahamson won't seek another term, setting up race for Wisconsin high court seat," 30 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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enhancer

noun
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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