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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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 The most common growth enhancer is kelp (a type of seaweed), which has been used by farmers for centuries. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Organic Fertilizer," 10 Mar. 2017 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

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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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