sup·​pres·​sant | \ sə-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce suppressant (audio) \

Definition of suppressant

: an agent (such as a drug) that tends to suppress or reduce in intensity rather than eliminate something

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Recent Examples on the Web Other effective drugs identified in the research are cloperastine, a cough suppressant that has been around since the 1970s; clemastine, an antihistamine; and progesterone, a natural hormone that is also available as a medication. Peter Fimrite,, "UCSF-led researchers dig deep into coronavirus structure, identify drugs that could diminish COVID effects," 15 Oct. 2020 Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it’s long been used as a cough suppressant. Paul Stephen,, "4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert," 30 Sep. 2020 Apparently, people have figured out that CBD is a phenomenal anxiety suppressant. Rachel King, Fortune, "OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder on launching a hemp-infused sparkling water brand," 24 Aug. 2020 One recent listing identified more than 70 candidate molecules, including 15 antivirals, potent suppressants of the human immune system, and high-risk oncology treatments already approved by the FDA to treat other conditions. G. Caleb Alexander, STAT, "Searching for an effective Covid-19 treatment: promise and peril," 10 Apr. 2020 If your condition is not urgent, the treatment is similar to the flu: rest, drink fluids, take a fever suppressant as needed and don’t go to work or school. Mallory Moench,, "Bay Area coronavirus shutdown: What to know about getting medical treatment," 16 Mar. 2020 The active ingredient in Robo Couth is listed as a concentrated dose of Dextromethorpham HBr (DXM), which is also the active ingredient in most over-the-counter cough suppressants. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "New teen drug trend called 'Robo Tripping' prompts serious warning from Fort Bend County deputies," 27 Sep. 2019 Some front line clinicians have speculated that is why steroids, an immune system suppressant, seem to offer benefit in some people. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "The mystery of why the coronavirus kills some young people," 5 Apr. 2020 Additionally, pain relievers, cough suppressants, sore and cold throat medicine are all in low supply, which has led the CVS pharmacy to limit certain products to one item per customer. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Americans reveal spending priorities in supermarket and pharmacy purchases amid coronavirus pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of suppressant

1884, in the meaning defined above

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29 Oct 2020

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

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English Language Learners Definition of suppressant

: a drug that prevents or controls something


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Medical Definition of suppressant (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent (as a drug) that tends to suppress or reduce in intensity rather than eliminate something a cough suppressant

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