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 And yet there are potential advantages to the sequencer. New York Times, "A DNA Sequencing Revolution Helped Us Fight Covid. What Else Can It Do?," 25 Mar. 2021 The sequencer uploaded the raw data to an online software package called IDseq, which could piece together the genomes in the sample and compare them to other organisms. Amos Zeeberg New York Times, Star Tribune, "Piecing together the next pandemic," 4 Mar. 2021 So, as the sequencer spun, the Facebook hunters fretted that, once again, nothing would come of a promising lead. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack," 2 Nov. 2020 Each sequencer can run up to about 3,000 samples in 12 hours, though Febbo says that could increase in the future. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Illumina awarded NIH funding for COVID-19 test that runs 3,000 samples at once," 4 Sep. 2020 Its 12-voice engine offers two oscillators per voice, a 32-step sequencer and four envelopes to deliver authentic, true analog grit. Popular Science, "The best vintage-inspired analog keyboards and synthesizers," 26 May 2020 The unique signature of the virus that reached America’s shores in Seattle now accounts for a quarter of all U.S. cases made public by genomic sequencers in the United States. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Solving the Mysteries of Coronavirus With Genetic Fingerprints," 22 Apr. 2020 Mass specs are like gene sequencers for proteins, determining their identity and abundances. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chasing a killer," 1 May 2020 The lab includes a sequencer, called MinION, made by Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. in Oxford, England, that’s about the size of a mobile phone and allows researchers to identify differences among viral strains. Brian Bremner,, "Man vs. Microbe: We’re Not Ready for the Next Global Virus Outbreak," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sequencer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Sequencer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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