depressant

noun de·pres·sant \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt , dē- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of depressant

: one that depresses; specifically : an agent that reduces a bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (such as appetite)

depressant

adjective

Recent Examples of depressant from the Web

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First Known Use of depressant

1876


DEPRESSANT Defined for English Language Learners

depressant

noun

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

depressant

noun de·pres·sant \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt \

Definition of depressant for Students

: a drug that slows the activity of the nervous system

Medical Dictionary

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depressant

adjective de·pres·sant \ -ᵊnt \

medical Definition of depressant

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

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depressant

noun

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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