suppressor

noun
sup·pres·sor | \sə-ˈpre-sər \

Definition of suppressor 

: one that suppresses especially : a mutant gene that suppresses the expression of another nonallelic mutant gene when both are present

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Her autoimmunity has been controlled for the past three years with steroids, cell-altering drugs, different immune suppressors and bone marrow stimulators. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Family stays by side of 4-year-old awaiting transplants," 12 June 2018 If there was a clearly, solidly established presumption in favor of the right to vote and a difficult set of obstacles for would-be vote suppressors to overcome, decisions like this would be hard to write. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Opens Door to More Red-State Voter Purges," 11 June 2018 If emollient treatment fails, other options include topical and oral steroids, anti-histamines or oral itch suppressors, or even antibiotics. Philly.com, "Bath additives not needed to treat eczema," 8 May 2018 Related The firearms industry is marketing silencers, also known as suppressors, as hearing protection for shooters and a way to soften the recoil on guns. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Why More Gun Owners Use Silencers," 5 May 2018 Kemp, who has a reputation as a Georgia vote-suppressor par excellence, investigated NGP, but nothing official came of the inquiry. Lisa Chase, Daily Intelligencer, "Stacey Vs. Stacey," 2 May 2018 Sutter also had several additional magazines, scopes, suppressors and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to a news release from State Police. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Ponchatoula felon accused of having 17 guns, thousands of ammo rounds," 5 Apr. 2018 In truth, the main reason flash suppressors exist is to disburse burning gases that exit the muzzle of a long-arm gun; this minimizes the chance that the shooter will be blinded in low-light environments. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "Americans Don't Have the Right to Bear Just Any Arms," 16 July 2015 Among the firearms was an unregistered short-barrel rifle with a sound suppressor or silencer, the report said. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Steroids, cocaine, meth and guns found at Metairie home: JPSO," 29 Aug. 2017

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1560, in the meaning defined above

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suppressor

noun
sup·pres·sor | \-ˈpres-ər \

Medical Definition of suppressor 

: one that suppresses especially : a mutant gene that suppresses the expression of another nonallelic mutant gene when both are present

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