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[in-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.
  1. to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
  2. to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
  3. Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
  4. Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
  5. Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
  6. Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.
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Origin of induce

1325–75; Middle English < Latin indūcere to lead or bring in, introduce, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūcere to lead; cf. adduce, deduce, reduce
Related formsin·duc·i·ble, adjectivenon·in·duced, adjectivenon·in·duc·i·ble, adjectivepre·in·duce, verb (used with object), pre·in·duced, pre·in·duc·ing.qua·si-in·duced, adjectivere·in·duce, verb (used with object), re·in·duced, re·in·duc·ing.un·in·duced, adjectiveun·in·duc·i·ble, adjective
Can be confusedadduce deduce induce


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British Dictionary definitions for inducible


verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
  2. to cause or bring about
  3. med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
  4. logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
  5. to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
  6. to transmit (magnetism) by induction
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Derived Formsinducer, nouninducible, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for inducible



late 14c., "to lead by persuasions or other influences," from Latin inducere "lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "to bring about," of concrete situations, etc., is from early 15c.; sense of "to infer by reasoning" is from 1560s. Electro-magnetic sense first recorded 1777. Related: Induced; inducing.

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inducible in Medicine


  1. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
  2. To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
  3. To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.
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