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v. modu·lated, modu·lating, modu·lates
1. To regulate or adjust to a certain degree: physiological mechanisms that modulate the body's metabolic rate.
2. Biochemistry To act on (a receptor, for example) as an activator, an inhibitor, or both.
mod′u·la′tive, mod′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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