[ in-doos, -dyoos ]
/ ɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus /
verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.
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.
to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.
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Origin of induce
SYNONYMS FOR induce
in·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
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British Dictionary definitions for inducible
/ (ɪnˈdjuːs) /
(often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
to cause or bring about
med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Derived Formsinducer, nouninducible, adjective
Word Origin for induce
C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead
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Medicine definitions for inducible
[ ĭn-dōōs′ ]
To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.
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