Upregulate vs Regulate - What's the difference?

upregulate | regulate | Derived terms |

Upregulate is a derived term of regulate.

As verbs the difference between upregulate and regulate

is that upregulate is (biology) to increase the number of cell receptors by using upregulation while regulate is to dictate policy.


Alternative forms

* up-regulate


  • (biology) To increase the number of cell receptors by using upregulation.
  • Antonyms

    * downregulate




  • To dictate policy.
  • To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  • * Macaulay
  • the laws which regulate the successions of the seasons
  • * Bancroft
  • The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
  • To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
  • To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  • to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time
    to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.
  • To put or maintain in order.
  • to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances
    to regulate one's eating habits

    Derived terms

    * deregulate * downregulate * upregulate