in·​duc·​er in-ˈdü-sər How to pronounce inducer (audio)
: one that induces
especially : a substance that is capable of activating the transcription of a gene by combining with and inactivating a genetic repressor

Examples of inducer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mass of migrating insects, the sound of the voice in the empty car talking of inducers and concurrents over the engine noise—in my mind, this is where this story began. Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Breathtaking landscapes are common awe inducers, but that’s not the only way to tap into it. Lindsay Geller, Women's Health, 26 Apr. 2023 For example, there are kinds of toxic friends called guilt inducers, says Erin Miers, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and consultant for parenting website Mom Loves Best. Women's Health, 10 May 2023 This bedtime hormone isn’t a soporific (sleep inducer) but a part of the circadian rhythm, a person’s internal biological clock that’s tuned in to the sleep-wake cycle. Elana Spivack, Scientific American, 5 May 2023 The onset of allergies starts for many; birch pollen can be quite the histamine inducer. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2023 Norepinephrine, a stimulating neurotransmitter, surges through the bodies of both DT and FFI sufferers, while the nighttime peak of melatonin, the sleep-inducer, somehow never happens. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2023 This one is a nap inducer. cleveland, 13 Dec. 2020 The Aztecs used another big run, 15-4, to tilt things in a first-round stress inducer against the College of Charleston. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inducer was circa 1538

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“Inducer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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in·​duc·​er -ˈd(y)ü-sər How to pronounce inducer (audio)
: one that induces
specifically : a substance that is capable of activating the transcription of a gene by combining with and inactivating a genetic repressor

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