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activator

Definitions of activator
  1. noun
    (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
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    inhibitor
    a substance that retards or stops an activity
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    activating agent
    (mineral extraction) a surface-active chemical used in flotation process to increase the attraction to a specific mineral
    accelerator, catalyst
    (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
    sensitiser, sensitizer
    (chemistry) a substance other than a catalyst that facilitates the start of a catalytic reaction
    biocatalyst
    a biochemical catalyst such as an enzyme
    enzyme
    any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
    platinum black
    a fine black powder of platinum; used as a catalyst in chemical reactions
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    substance
    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
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