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depressant

[dih-pres-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. Medicine/Medical. having the quality of depressing or lowering the vital activities; sedative.
  2. causing a lowering in spirits; dejecting.
  3. causing a drop in value; economically depressing.
noun
  1. Medicine/Medical. a sedative.Compare stimulant(def 1).
  2. Chemistry. any agent capable of diminishing a specific property of a substance.

Origin of depressant

First recorded in 1875–80; depress + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for depressant

depressant

adjective
  1. med able to diminish or reduce nervous or functional activity
  2. causing gloom or dejection; depressing
noun
  1. a depressant drug
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Word Origin and History for depressant

n.

"sedative," 1876 as a noun, 1887 as an adjective; see depress + -ant.

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depressant in Medicine

depressant

(dĭ-prĕsənt)
adj.
  1. Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.
n.
  1. An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.
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