depressor

noun
de·​pres·​sor | \di-ˈpre-sər, 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

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Not Schumann the nut job, not Schumann as mood elevator or depressor, but life giver. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Keeping Schumann sane: Mitsuko Uchida and the L.A. Phil deliver method over madness," 18 May 2018 As the cable pays out, the Fish smacks the surface and then, following the tug of the depressor, begins its descent. Bucky Mcmahon, Esquire, "If Anyone Finds MH370, It Will Be the Men on This Ship," 14 Sep. 2015 How the cable extends two yards in length for every yard of depth until the weight of the cable and the depressor matches the velocity of the ship to form a perfect parabolic arc. Bucky Mcmahon, Esquire, "If Anyone Finds MH370, It Will Be the Men on This Ship," 14 Sep. 2015 An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said Jones moved his lips briefly after the midazolam was administered, and officials put a tongue depressor in his mouth intermittently for the first few minutes. Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY, "Last-minute drama as Arkansas carries out nation’s first double execution since 2000," 25 Apr. 2017 An experience that began by ripping open the package to pull out one of the Lik-A-Stix, a chalky-sweet semi-hard candy stick shaped almost like a tongue depressor. Jami Curl, Bon Appetit, "I’d Like to Thank Fun Dip for Getting Me Where I Am Today," 19 Apr. 2017

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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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depressor

noun
de·​pres·​sor | \di-ˈpres-ər \

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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