Definition of autoinducer in English:

autoinducer

noun

Biology
  • A substance causing autoinduction; especially an extracellular molecule produced by a population of microorganisms which induces a particular process in the population as a whole once a sufficient concentration is reached.

Origin

1960s. From auto- + inducer, after autoinduction.

Pronunciation

autoinducer

/ˌɔːtəʊɪnˈdjuːsə//ˌɔːtəʊɪnˈdʒuːsə/