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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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 These new Sig Sauer suppressors are an excellent DoD investment. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 The standard way of dealing with this is to add baffles or suppressors on the end of the barrel to divert and slow down the gas. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Russia's New Silent Sniper Rifle," 29 Aug. 2018 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., "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

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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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