causing an increase in blood pressure; causing vasoconstriction.
Origin of pressor
attributive use of Late Latin pressor
presser, equivalent to Latin *pret-,
variant stem of premere
+ -tor -tor
, with -tt-
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Examples from the Web for pressor
Historical Examples of pressor
When we fired rockets at them, they turned them back with tractor and pressor beams.
Along that pressor beam there crept a dull rod of energy, which surrounded the fugitive shell and brought it slowly to a halt.
They have to aim something—a pressor or tractor beam, most likely—and pick off each rocket separately.
Tractor and pressor beams were known to men, of course, but human beings used them only under very special conditions.
It had no beam-projectors except small-sized objects which were—which must be—their projectors of tractor and pressor beams.
British Dictionary definitions for pressor
physiol relating to or producing an increase in blood pressure
Word Origin for pressor
C19: from Latin premere to press
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Producing increased blood pressure.
Causing constriction of the blood vessels.
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