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depressor

[ dih-pres-er ]
/ dɪˈprɛs ər /
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noun
a person or thing that depresses.
Surgery. an instrument for pressing down a protruding part, as a tongue depressor.
Anatomy.
  1. a muscle that draws down a part of the body, as the corner of the mouth.Compare levator.
  2. Also called depressor nerve . a nerve that, when stimulated, induces a decrease in activity, as a slowed heartbeat.
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Origin of depressor

1605–15; <Late Latin, derivative of Latin dēprimere (see depress, -tor)
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British Dictionary definitions for depressor

depressor
/ (dɪˈprɛsə) /

noun
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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