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 One potential solution is plant growth regulators, of which one type could delay the early blooms. Evan Lasseter, ajc, 10 July 2023 Its dual-action formula contains both an insecticide and an insect growth regulator to effectively kill adult fleas and prevent their eggs from hatching. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2023 This shampoo contains an insect growth regulator that prevents fleas from reproducing. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Precor, an insect growth regulator, provides the protection that your pup needs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Verdant produces sheets, stickers and labels containing a plant growth regulator that slows the ripening of fruits, produce and flowers. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 1 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of growth regulator was in 1936

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“Growth regulator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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