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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: inducere, from ducere 'to lead'

induce

verb
     
Related topics: Medicine, Birth, Hospital
in‧duce [transitive]
1 formal to persuade someone to do something, especially something that does not seem wise
induce somebody to do something
Nothing would induce me to vote for him again.
2MB medical to make a woman give birth to her baby, by giving her a special drug:
She had to be induced because the baby was four weeks late.
The doctor decided to induce labour.
3 formalM to cause a particular physical condition:
Patients with eating disorders may use drugs to induce vomiting.
drug-induced/stress-induced etc
a drug-induced coma

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