se·​quenc·​er | \ ˈsē-kwən(t)-sər How to pronounce sequencer (audio) , -ˌkwen(t)- \

Definition of sequencer

: one that sequences: such as
a : a device for arranging things (such as events in the ignition of a rocket) in a sequence
b : a device for determining the order of occurrence of amino acids in a protein or of bases in a nucleic acid

Examples of sequencer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, the genomes were sequenced by growing each individual bacterium on a separate agar plate, extracting the DNA, reading the DNA fragments in a sequencer and comparing the sequence with known Streptomyces strains. Smithsonian, "Soil From a Northern Ireland Graveyard May Lead Scientists to a Powerful New Antibiotic," 19 Dec. 2019 The sequencer contains a single sensor chip, which contains a membrane embedded with a bunch of nanopores—a fancy name for tiny holes. Sarah Scoles, Quartz, "MIT researchers are building an instrument to study genetics on Mars," 2 Dec. 2019 One of the groovier manifestations of truly spontaneous musical creation is the Buchla Music Easel, introduced in 1973: a modular analog synthesizer, a looping sequencer and a touch-plate keyboard. Washington Post, "With analog Music Easels, Eternal Now paints a serendipitous aural landscape," 11 Nov. 2019 The Analogue Pocket will also come pre-loaded with Nanoloop, a popular Game Boy sequencer/synthesizer that has been aiding chiptune musicians through original Game Boy hardware and a mobile app for decades now. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "$199 Analogue Pocket promises FPGA accuracy for portable retro gaming," 16 Oct. 2019 At least one startup is arguing that would-be sequencers have been scared off by a once-distant specter: personal data privacy. Wired, "You Can Soon Get Your DNA Sequenced Anonymously," 19 Sep. 2019 The government has embraced tools Mao only could have dreamed of: big data, iris and body scanners, voice-pattern analyzers, DNA sequencers (including some sold by an American company) and facial-recognition cameras. Marco Rubio, WSJ, "China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities," 9 Aug. 2018 Future generations of sequencers could be widely distributed throughout our homes, offices, the broader biosphere, and even within our bodies. George Church, Ars Technica, "We should create a global DNA threat-detection network to fight future pathogens," 19 June 2019 Many labs can now afford to buy a genome sequencer, adding to the mountain of genomic information available for analysis. Quanta Magazine, "Our Bodies, Our Data," 7 Oct. 2013

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First Known Use of sequencer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Sequencer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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se·​quenc·​er | \ ˈsē-kwən-sər, -ˌkwen(t)-sər How to pronounce sequencer (audio) \

Medical Definition of sequencer

: one that sequences especially : a device for determining the order of occurrence of amino acids in a protein or of bases in a nucleic acid

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