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[in-doo-ser, -dyoo-] /ɪnˈdu sər, -ˈdyu-/
Biochemistry. a substance that has the capability of activating genes within a cell.
Embryology. a part that influences differentiation of another part.
Origin of inducer
1545-55, for an earlier sense; induce + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is not, as many seem to think, a manufacturer or inducer of variations.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
inducer in Medicine

inducer in·duc·er (ĭn-dōō'sər, -dyōō'-)

  1. One that induces, especially a molecule that is usually a substrate of a specific enzyme pathway, combining with an active repressor produced by a regulator gene to deactivate the repressor.

  2. A part or structure in an embryo that influences the differentiation of another part.

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