Definition of depressant
: one that depresses; specifically : an agent that reduces a bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (such as appetite)
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With a bottle of cheap booze or with heavy doses of anti-depressants?
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First Known Use of depressant
DEPRESSANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depressant for English Language Learners
: a chemical substance (such as a drug) that makes a body's systems less active
DEPRESSANT Defined for Kids
Definition of depressant for Students
: a drug that slows the activity of the nervous system
Medical Definition of depressant
: one that depresses; specifically : an agent that reduces bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (as appetite) a depressant of intestinal spasm
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