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From Old French induction, from Latin inductiō, from indūcō ‎(I lead).



induction ‎(plural inductions)

  1. An act of inducting.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      I know not you; nor am I well pleased to make this time, as the affair now stands, the induction of your acquaintance.
    • Shakespeare
      These promises are fair, the parties sure, / And our induction full of prosperous hope.
    1. A formal ceremony in which a person is appointed to an office or into military service.
  2. An act of inducing.
    • 2002, Gilbert S. Banker & Christopher T. Rhodes, Modern Pharmaceutics, 4th edition, Informa Health Care, ISBN 0824706749, page 699:
      One of the first examples of the immunogenicity of recombinantly derived antibodies was with murine anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (OKT3) used in the induction of immunosupression after organ transplantation.
    1. (physics) Generation of an electric current by a varying magnetic field.
    2. (logic) Derivation of general principles from specific instances.
    3. (mathematics) A method of proof of a theorem by first proving it for a specific case (often an integer; usually 0 or 1) and showing that, if it is true for one case then it must be true for the next.
    4. (theater) Use of rumors to twist and complicate the plot of a play or to narrate in a way that does not have to state truth nor fact within the play.
    5. (biology) In developmental biology, the development of a feature from part of a formerly homogenous field of cells in response to a morphogen whose source determines the feature's position and extent.
  3. (medicine) The process of inducing the birth process.
  4. (obsolete) An introduction.
    • Massinger
      This is but an induction: I will daw / The curtains of the tragedy hereafter.

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From Latin inductio.


induction f ‎(plural inductions)

  1. induction

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