- a person or thing that depresses.
- Surgery. an instrument for pressing down a protruding part, as a tongue depressor.
- a muscle that draws down a part of the body, as the corner of the mouth.Compare levator.
- Also called depressor nerve.a nerve that, when stimulated, induces a decrease in activity, as a slowed heartbeat.
Origin of depressor
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Examples from the Web for depressor
The crests for the depressor muscles are barely discernible.
The crests for the depressor muscles are well developed in all the species.
There are no crests, or only traces of them, for the attachment of the depressor muscle.
The function of the depressor mandibulae muscle in certain passerine birds.Jaw Musculature of the Mourning and White-winged Doves
Robert L. Merz
The anterior or muscular compartment contains the sterno-mastoid muscle and the depressor muscles of the hyoid bone.
- a person or thing that depresses
- any muscle that draws down a part
- med an instrument used to press down or aside an organ or parta tongue depressor
- Also called: depressor nerve any nerve that when stimulated produces a fall in blood pressure by dilating the arteries or lowering the heartbeat
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- Any of various muscles that act by drawing down a part of the body.
- Something that depresses or retards functional activity.
- An instrument used to push certain structures out of the way during an operation or examination.
- An agent that lowers blood pressure.hypotensor
- A nerve that when stimulated acts to lower arterial blood pressure.
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