Depressant \De*press"ant\, n. (Med.) An agent or remedy which lowers the vital powers. [1913 Webster]

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  • depressant — [dē pres′ənt, dipres′ənt] adj. [ DEPRESS + ANT] lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity n. a depressant medicine, drug, etc.; sedative …   English World dictionary

  • depressant — index narcotic (adjective), narcotic (noun) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • depressant — sedative, 1876 as a noun, 1887 as an adjective; see DEPRESS (Cf. depress) + ANT (Cf. ant) …   Etymology dictionary

  • depressant — [n] sedative calmant, downer, intoxicant, relaxant, tranquilizer; concept 7 …   New thesaurus

  • depressant — 1. Diminishing functional tone or activity. 2. An agent that reduces nervous or functional activity, such as a sedative or anesthetic. [L. de primo, pp. pressus, to press down] * * * de·pres·sant ənt …   Medical dictionary

  • depressant — UK [dɪˈpres(ə)nt] / US noun [countable] Word forms depressant : singular depressant plural depressants a drug or substance that makes you feel relaxed and makes your body work and react more slowly Derived word: depressant UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

  • depressant — 1. noun A pharmacological substance which decreases neuronal or physiological activity. Alcohol acts first as a stimulant and then as a depressant. 2. adjective Acting as a depressant …   Wiktionary

  • depressant — noun Date: 1876 one that depresses; specifically an agent that reduces a bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (as appetite) • depressant adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Depressant — A depressant is a drug that reduces the function or activity of a specific part of the body or brain.[1] Due to their effects typically having a down quality to them, depressants are also occasionally referred to as downers. Stimulants or uppers …   Wikipedia

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