depressant

[ dih-pres-uh nt ]
/ dɪˈprɛs ənt /

adjective

Medicine/Medical. having the quality of depressing or lowering the vital activities; sedative.
causing a lowering in spirits; dejecting.
causing a drop in value; economically depressing.

noun

Medicine/Medical. a sedative.Compare stimulant(def 1).
Chemistry. any agent capable of diminishing a specific property of a substance.

Nearby words

  1. depreciation,
  2. depreciatory,
  3. depredate,
  4. depredation,
  5. depress,
  6. depressed,
  7. depressed area,
  8. depressed skull fracture,
  9. depressing,
  10. depression

Origin of depressant

First recorded in 1875–80; depress + -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for depressant

depressant

/ (dɪˈprɛsənt) /

adjective

med able to diminish or reduce nervous or functional activity
causing gloom or dejection; depressing

noun

a depressant drug
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Word Origin and History for depressant

depressant

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for depressant

depressant

[ dĭ-prĕsənt ]

adj.

Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.

n.

An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.

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