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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inhibitor mean? 

  The noun INHIBITOR has 1 sense:

1. a substance that retards or stops an activity

  Familiarity information: INHIBITOR used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1inhibitor [BACK TO TOP]


A substance that retards or stops an activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("inhibitor" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inhibitor"):

antioxidant (substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides)

anticatalyst ((chemistry) a substance that retards a chemical reaction or diminishes the activity of a catalyst)

moderator (any substance used to slow down neutrons in nuclear reactors)


activator ((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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