en·​hanc·​er in-ˈhan(t)-sər How to pronounce enhancer (audio)
: one that enhances
: 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 His hypothesis was taken as fact by many, and scientists have spent the past four decades conducting studies about the flavor enhancer and its safety. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2023 Be mindful of other flavor enhancers like sugars in liquid or gummy forms, which may not be suitable for all. Willow Jarosh, Ms, Rd, Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Enhancing Iron Absorption with Ascorbic Acid Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is a powerful enhancer of iron absorption. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023 Other key features of Adrafinil include: Cognitive Performance: Adrafinil is commonly used as a cognitive enhancer and productivity aid, particularly among students, professionals, and individuals in high-pressure jobs. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Prosecutors considered it after his arrest but ultimately decided against including an enhancer that raises potential penalties for crimes when there is evidence of prejudice. Chris Mueller, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2023 Of course, there are also some key differences between these two products that researchers MUST be aware of before using them in their research studies… What Is Phenibut HCL? Phenibut HCL is a powerful nootropic and mood enhancer that has been successfully studied for decades by researchers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 Current dietary guidelines recommend adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day, but the FDA has struggled to find a way to dramatically cut Americans’ salt intake amid pressure from food companies that argue that sodium is not only a flavor enhancer but an essential preservative. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 15 Aug. 2023 One key factor is the presence of enhancers or inhibitors in these food sources. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enhancer was in the 14th century

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“Enhancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhancer. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


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