depressor
noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin deprimere Date: 1611 one that depresses: as a. a muscle that draws down a part — compare levator b. a device for pressing down or aside c. a nerve or nerve fiber that decreases the activity or the tone of the organ or the part it innervates

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  • Depressor — De*press or, n. 1. One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) A muscle that depresses or tends to draw down a part. [1913 Webster] {Depressor nerve} (Physiol.), a nerve which lowers the activity of an organ; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depressor — [dē pres′ər, dipres′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that depresses 2. any of various muscles that draw down a part of the body 3. a nerve which when stimulated decreases the activity of a part of the body 4. an instrument that presses a protruding… …   English World dictionary

  • depressor — |ô| adj. s. m. 1. Que ou o que deprime. 2.  [Figurado] Humilhante …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • depressor — 1. A muscle that flattens or lowers a part. 2. Anything that depresses or retards functional activity. 3. An instrument or device used to push certain structures out of the way during an operation or examination. 4. An agent that decreases blood …   Medical dictionary

  • depressor — /di pres euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that depresses. 2. Surg. an instrument for pressing down a protruding part, as a tongue depressor. 3. Anat. a. a muscle that draws down a part of the body, as the corner of the mouth. Cf. levator. b. Also… …   Universalium

  • depressor — n. a tongue depressor * * * [dɪ presə] a tongue depressor …   Combinatory dictionary

  • depressor — de|prẹssor, Gen.: ...sso̱ris, Mehrz.: ...sso̱res: erläuternder Bestandteil von fachspr. Fügungen mit der Bed. „Niederdrücker“ (in bezug auf Muskeln od. Nerven); z. B. in der Fügung ↑Musculus depressor anguli oris …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • depressor — n. someone or something that depresses or lowers; instrument for pressing something down (i.e. tongue depressor); muscle that draws down a part …   English contemporary dictionary

  • depressor — n. 1) a muscle that causes lowering of part of the body. The depressor labii inferioris is a muscle that draws down and everts the lower lip. 2) a nerve that lowers blood pressure …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • depressor — de•pres•sor [[t]dɪˈprɛs ər[/t]] n. 1) a person or thing that depresses 2) srg a device for pressing down a protruding part: a tongue depressor[/ex] 3) anat. any muscle that draws down a part of the body Compare levator 4) a nerve that induces a… …   From formal English to slang

  • depressor — /dəˈprɛsə/ (say duh presuh) noun 1. someone or something that depresses. 2. Anatomy, Physiology a. a muscle that draws down a part. b. Also, depressor nerve. a nerve from the aorta to the centres controlling heart rate and blood pressure. 3.… …   Australian English dictionary

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