Inhibitor



[in-hib-i-ter] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪ tər/

noun
1.
a person or thing that .
2.
Chemistry. a substance that decreases the rate of or stops completely a chemical reaction.
3.
any impurity in a mineral that prevents luminescence.
Compare (def 3).
4.
Rocketry. an inert antioxidant used with solid propellants to burning on certain surfaces.
/ɪnˈhɪbɪtə/
noun
1.
Also called inhibiter. a person or thing that inhibits
2.
Also called anticatalyst. a substance that retards or stops a chemical reaction Compare catalyst
3.
(biochem)

4.
any impurity in a solid that prevents luminescence
5.
an inert substance added to some rocket fuels to inhibit ignition on certain surfaces
n.

1868 in scientific use (earlier as a Scottish legal term), agent noun in Latin form from inhibit.

inhibitor in·hib·i·tor or in·hib·it·er (ĭn-hĭb’ĭ-tər)
n.

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