sup·​pres·​sor | \ sə-ˈpre-sər How to pronounce suppressor (audio) \

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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But when our contribution to the cause comes to an end the pain loses its suppressor and for some that pain is unbearable. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Zac Brown Band’s New Song 'Warrior' Is a Powerful Tribute to the U.S. Military," 12 Aug. 2019 Those using metal blades should keep a suppressor, like a shovel, nearby in the event of a spark. Colleen Shalby,, "Expect more fires this season in California, experts warn," 28 June 2019 Suspected of breaking into home and stealing multiple firearms, ammunition, and a suppressor. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Jefferson County deputies search for 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole weapons," 6 June 2019 Craddock used two handguns in the shooting, one of which was equipped with a suppressor, which witnesses said dampened the sound of the gunfire. David Shortell, CNN, "Virginia Beach shooter appeared to target supervisors in his department," 5 June 2019 The bone initiators and suppressors related to the other morphogens function similarly, but at different concentrations of their morphogens as shown below. Quanta Magazine, "How the DNA Computer Program Makes You and Me," 5 Apr. 2018 The Army may be looking to follow the Marine Corps' lead in experimenting with suppressors on the battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Officially Looking For a Newer, More Powerful Rifle," 7 Aug. 2017 The APC9k can also mount suppressors for quieter operation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 This gene is known as a tumor suppressor, according to a 2015 article in Nature. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Elephants rarely get cancer because their bodies have a rare 'zombie gene'," 16 Aug. 2018

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1560, in the meaning defined above

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sup·​pres·​sor | \ -ˈpres-ər How to pronounce suppressor (audio) \

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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