suppressant

noun
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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Most fire departments use chemical suppressants instead of water to tackle unruly blazes. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Model 3 Blows Up ... Twice ... on Busy Highway," 13 Aug. 2019 For now, patients like Sauber are being treated with immune-suppressant drugs, with mixed results. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Rare disease discovery: Antibodies fighting cancer go on to attack brain," 14 July 2019 An oxygen suppressant, potassium carbonate is internationally seen as a dry fire retardant. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Samsung's 'Firevase' Is a Smashing Fire Extinguisher," 28 Mar. 2019 Appetite suppressants can curb cravings, leading to weight loss—but multiple studies have not proven their safety or efficacy. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West's Instagram Ad For An Appetite Suppressant Sparks Outrage," 16 May 2018 Hey Twitter, Let’s use our power for good by guilting @FlatTummyCo into taking down their Times Square billboard advertising appetite suppressants. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Twitter User Wants Appetite Suppressant Lollipop Ad Taken Down," 10 July 2018 However, some users responded with counter-arguments, explaining how appetite suppressants have helped them. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Twitter User Wants Appetite Suppressant Lollipop Ad Taken Down," 10 July 2018 The aircrane holds up to 2,650 gallons of water or fire suppressant — the equivalent of five fire engines. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2,000 without power in the Alpine area as crews fight the West Fire," 6 July 2018 Recently, Jameela Jamil from The Good Place called out Kim Kardashian’s Instagram posts promoting appetite suppressants through an Instagram advertisement. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Twitter User Wants Appetite Suppressant Lollipop Ad Taken Down," 10 July 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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suppressant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suppressant

: a drug that prevents or controls something

suppressant

adjective
sup·​press·​ant | \ sə-ˈpres-ᵊnt How to pronounce suppressant (audio) \

Medical Definition of suppressant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

suppressant

noun

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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