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A chemical that retards or prevents a chemical or physical change. Examples of an inhibitor include: vapor phase inhibitors to minimize corrosion; growth regulators to control insects; alkaline reserves to inhibit acid accumulation; and antioxidants to minimize oxidation.

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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