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modifier

Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. Modifiers can either be adjectives, which modify nouns (or sometimes pronouns), or adverbs, which modify pretty much everything else (usually verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs). Whether a modifier is an adjective or adverb depends on what it modifies and how it functions in a sentence.
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modifier

[′mäd·ə‚fī·ər]
(computer science)
A quantity used to alter the address of an operand in a computer, such as the cycle index. Also known as index word.
(materials)
In flotation, any of the chemicals which increase the specific attraction between collector agents and particle surfaces or which increase the wettability of those surfaces.

Modifier

A method to influence color, transparency, surface normals, or light emission, depending on the type of modifier and the type of material. Modifiers can be combined, so that each modifier in the chain influences a specific property of the material.

modifier

(programming)
An operation that alters the state of an object. Modifiers often have names that begin with "set" and corresponding selector functions whose names begin with "get".
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Because of such side effects, researchers working with biological response modifiers are cautious not to be overly optimistic about the drugs.
Because the work is done in vitro, many novel drugs, biological response modifiers, and physical modalities may be rapidly tested in response to physician request.
As a class, biological response modifiers will, without a doubt, continue to make a major impact on the rheumatoid arthritis market.
SF-1019 is a compound that was developed from extensive research into Biological Response Modifiers.
Kwak was recruited to the Biological Response Modifiers Program of the NCI in 1992.
Current treatment of RA includes the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs such as methotrexate, and the newer injectible biological response modifiers that target tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a), a pro-inflammatory cytokine implicated in the pathogenesis of RA.
The collagen used in BioSTAR[R] also is a platform for timed release of biological response modifiers (genes, cells, proteins and drugs).
Unique to this report is the comprehensive nature of compiled biological response modifiers currently in clinical testing.
The market for rheumatoid arthritis therapeutics has experienced remarkably strong growth during the past five years due to the introduction of the biological response modifiers (BRMs) to treatment regimens.

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