inducible

adjective
in·​duc·​ible | \ in-ˈdü-sə-bəl How to pronounce inducible (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Definition of inducible

: capable of being induced: such as
a : formed by a cell in response to the presence of its substrate inducible enzymes
b : activated or undergoing expression only in the presence of a particular molecule an inducible promoter

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inducibility \ in-​ˌdü-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inducibility (audio) , -​ˌdyü-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web The crucial molecule in the system that matches cell physiology to oxygen availability is a protein complex called hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF). The Economist, "Batteries, exoplanets, cosmology and cell biology win Nobel laurels," 12 Oct. 2019 Semenza is credited with identifying a set of DNA-binding proteins called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF, which spur the hypoxia response and activates the genes that make erythropoietin. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Breathing Is Simple. The Way Your Cells Process Oxygen Isn't.," 8 Oct. 2019 Semenza discovered a protein complex called hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), which is composed of two transcription factors—proteins that control the transcription of DNA into RNA—called HIF-1α and ARNT. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Discovery of Molecular Switch for How Cells Use Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine," 7 Oct. 2019 The prize was specifically related to Semenza’s work on a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor 1, or HIF-1, that switches genes on and off in cells in response to low oxygen levels. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine for discoveries in oxygen that could help treat cancer, other diseases," 7 Oct. 2019 Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Kaelin, Ratcliffe, and Semenza worked separately to decode the actions of an oxygen-sensitive protein called HIF, for hypoxia inducible factor. Wired, "The Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Your Body’s Oxygen Detector," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of inducible

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Inducible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inducible. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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inducible

adjective
in·​duc·​ible | \ in-ˈd(y)ü-sə-bəl How to pronounce inducible (audio) \

Medical Definition of inducible

: capable of being formed, activated, or expressed in response to a stimulus especially of a molecular kind: as
a : formed by a cell in response to the presence of its substrate inducible enzymes — compare constitutive sense 1a
b : activated or undergoing expression only in the presence of a particular molecule an inducible promoter that turns on its genes only in the presence of lactose Inducible promoters are one of the easiest and most effective ways to regulate gene expression …— Jay D. Keasling, Science, 3 Dec. 2010

Other Words from inducible

inducibility \ in-​ˌd(y)ü-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce inducibility (audio) \ noun, plural inducibilities

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