growth regulator

noun

Definition of growth regulator

: any of various synthetic or naturally occurring plant substances (such as an auxin or gibberellin) that regulate growth

Examples of growth regulator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are dosed with growth regulators to keep them compact, and their production timing has been honed down to a science that would make a Swiss watchmaker proud. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "With the right placement and little care, hydrangeas can make your Kentucky garden pop," 8 May 2020 The last step is to apply an insect growth regulator (IGR), which is essentially birth control for roaches. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Rid of Cockroaches for Good," 13 Nov. 2019 But the chemicals that came out of the screen were known to interact with other key proteins in the cell (such as the growth regulator Raf). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists find a way to target the protein behind Huntington’s disease," 1 Nov. 2019 The fly also can be somewhat controlled on fruiting trees by limiting the olive production using growth regulators. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Growing olives," 6 June 2019 Today, researchers recognize that TOR growth regulators are involved in a multitude of processes, including aging, brain development, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Lasker prizes recognize work on cell growth, cancer prevention, and reproductive care," 6 Sep. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Growth regulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growth%20regulator. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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