AskDefine | Define induced

Dictionary Definition

induced adj : brought about or caused; not spontaneous; "a case of steroid-induced weakness" [ant: spontaneous]

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  1. past of induce

Usage notes

  • In medical and other technical fields, and in mainstream reportage of medical and other such topics, the participle |induced is particularly often found as the latter half of a compound functioning as an adjective, the first half of the compound being either an agent (identifying a person or thing that is inducing) or an instrument (identifying a thing that is used to induce); hence |drug-induced, |panic-induced, |radiation-induced, and so on. In some cases, |induced may even appear on its own as an adjective, as in induced abortion.
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