de·​pres·​sant | \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) , dē-\

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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The girls immediately start getting flashbacks to when Dennis disappeared for several days after going off her anti-depressant medication. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Southern Charm Star Kathryn Dennis' Friends Accuse Her of Going 'MIA': 'I'm Living My Life'," 5 June 2019 After years of anti-depressants, morphine patches, and other prescriptions, Dubliner Kevin Lappin transitioned to a vegan, anti-inflammatory diet to cope with fibromyalgia—and hasn’t looked back since. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 While the study doesn't differentiate between anti-depressants, there are a wide variety on the market and some are considered safer than others. Redbook, "Anti-Depressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism: What's a Mom to Do?," 7 July 2011 Pour-point depressants: Just because the 0° F viscosity rating is low doesn't mean the oil will flow readily at low temperatures. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 But the reality is, alcohol can actually make your anxiety and depression worse, since booze is a depressant. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 Berman also had traces of other medications in her system including oxycodone and anti-depressants. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Wife of ESPN's Chris Berman was intoxicated at time of fatal crash: report," 31 Aug. 2018 In fact, one out of every four women in America is taking an anti-depressant or other medicine to reduce depression and anxiety. Diane Maceachern, Country Living, "Women Are Less Stressed When Surrounded By Nature, According to Science," 1 Mar. 2017 Just because the two are linked doesn't mean that anti-depressants cause autism. Redbook, "Anti-Depressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism: What's a Mom to Do?," 7 July 2011

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First Known Use of depressant

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depressant was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of depressant

: a chemical substance (such as a drug) that makes a body's systems less active


de·​pres·​sant | \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) \

Kids Definition of depressant

: a drug that slows the activity of the nervous system


de·​pres·​sant | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) \

Medical Definition of depressant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to depress especially : lowering or tending to lower functional or vital activity a drug with a depressant effect on heart rate



Medical Definition of depressant (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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