Inhibit

Definition of Inhibit

In`hib´it
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Inhibited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inhibiting.]
1.To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.
Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by the objects without them.
- Bentley.
2.To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.
All men were inhibited, by proclamation, at the dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament.
- Clarendon.
Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one.
- Ayliffe.
3.(Chem., Biochem.) To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt; as, vitamin C inhibits oxidation; penicillins inhibit bacterial cell wall synthesis.
4.To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.

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