activator

[ ak-tuh-vey-ter ]
/ ˈæk təˌveɪ tər /

noun

a person or thing that activates.
Chemistry, Biochemistry. a catalyst.
any impurity in a mineral that causes luminescence.Compare inhibitor(def 3).
Orthodontics. a removable appliance, usually of hard plastic, that is worn in the mouth instead of a fixed appliance to help align the teeth and improve the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper.

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Origin of activator

OTHER WORDS FROM activator

non·ac·ti·va·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for activator

  • They may have been, and the use of the activator may have been extorted from one of them.

    Temple Trouble|Henry Beam Piper
  • Nargyll wants to move your ship into one of the sheds, but the activator key's gone.

  • Finally, he poked the activator bar, and watched as the machine spat out tape.

    The Players|Everett B. Cole

Medical definitions for activator

activator
[ ăktə-vā′tər ]

n.

An agent that renders another substance active or accelerates a process or reaction.
The fragment produced by chemical cleavage of a proactivator that induces the enzymatic activity of another substance.
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