a person or thing that inhibits.
Chemistry. a substance that decreases the rate of or stops completely a chemical reaction.
any impurity in a mineral that prevents luminescence.Compare activator(def 3).
Rocketry. an inert antioxidant used with solid propellants to inhibit burning on certain surfaces.
Inhibit vs. ProhibitThough both words have similar definitions, inhibit and prohibit aren’t interchangeable. In general, someone is inhibited by internal feelings or prohibited by an external source.
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- inhibitory fiber,
- inhibitory nerve,
- inhibitory obsession,
- inhibitory postsynaptic potential
Origin of inhibitor
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Also called: inhibiter a person or thing that inhibits
Also called: anticatalyst a substance that retards or stops a chemical reactionCompare catalyst
- a substance that inhibits the action of an enzyme
- a substance that inhibits a metabolic or physiological processa plant growth inhibitor
any impurity in a solid that prevents luminescence
an inert substance added to some rocket fuels to inhibit ignition on certain surfaces
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1868 in scientific use (earlier as a Scottish legal term), agent noun in Latin form from inhibit.
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A substance that restrains or retards physiological, chemical, or enzymatic action.
A nerve whose stimulation represses activity.
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