AskDefine | Define constitutive

Dictionary Definition

constitutive adj : constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup) [syn: constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), organic]

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English

Adjective

  1. having the power or authority to constitute, establish or enact something
  2. having the power or authority to appoint someone to office
  3. that makes something what it is; essential
  4. that forms a constituent part of something else
  5. ,(of an enzyme) that is continuously produced at a constant rate

Extensive Definition

The term "constitutive" might refer to:
  • In physics, a constitutive equation is a relation between two physical quantities
  • In cell biology, a constitutively active protein is a protein whose activity is constant and active
  • Constitutive theory of statehood
  • In genetics, constitutive refers to a gene product made all the time. Ie. In the absence of the activator or the repressor, RNA polymerase transcribes the gene constitutively.
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