de·​pres·​sor | \ di-ˈpre-sər How to pronounce depressor (audio) , dē- \

Definition of depressor

: one that depresses: such as
a : a muscle that draws down a part — compare levator
b : a device for pressing down or aside
c : a nerve or nerve fiber that decreases the activity or the tone of the organ or the part it innervates

Examples of depressor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Voters will have access to hand sanitizer and will be given a disposable stick that looks like a tongue depressor to mark their votes on the voting machine's touchscreen. Pat Beall And John Moritz, USA TODAY, "COVID endangers the volunteers who make your vote count," 19 June 2020 Biology professors, as well as local school districts, have also teamed up to donate Nitrile gloves, sterile tongue depressors and swabs. Jessie Gomez, USA TODAY, "ER staff in tears after man holds up 'beautiful' sign thanking them for saving wife's life," 27 Mar. 2020 Displays cover everything from early medical instruments (forceps, tongue depressors and tonsillotomes, also called tonsil guillotines) to MRI coils. Washington Post, "Knock yourself out in the Ether Dome," 9 Oct. 2019 The next morning, a dentist levered my teeth back into place with a tongue depressor and cemented them in line. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 More from Morning Mix: A girl licked a tongue depressor at a clinic and put it back. Washington Post, "R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges," 12 July 2019 The animated Forky character has a white spork body, googly eyes, red pipe cleaner arms and tongue depressor feet. Brady Macdonald, The Mercury News, "Disney recalls ‘Toy Story 4’ Forky plush dolls sold at Disneyland resort," 9 July 2019 Not Schumann the nut job, not Schumann as mood elevator or depressor, but life giver. Mark Swed,, "Keeping Schumann sane: Mitsuko Uchida and the L.A. Phil deliver method over madness," 18 May 2018 The video, posted on Ward's private Snapchat account and later circulated on Facebook according to WJAX-TV, shows her daughter licking the depressor and placing it back into a storage canister. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Felony charges for mom who recorded daughter licking tongue depressor at medical center," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of depressor

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for depressor

Late Latin, from Latin deprimere

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The first known use of depressor was in 1611

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“Depressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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de·​pres·​sor | \ di-ˈpres-ər How to pronounce depressor (audio) \

Medical Definition of depressor

: one that depresses: as
a : a muscle that draws down a part — compare levator
b : a device for pressing a part down or aside — see tongue depressor
c : a nerve or nerve fiber that decreases the activity or the tone of the organ or part it innervates

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