suppressant
noun Date: 1942 an agent (as a drug) that tends to suppress or reduce in intensity rather than eliminate something

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  • suppressant — [sə pres′ənt] n. something, esp. a drug, that tends to suppress an action, condition, etc. [a cough suppressant] …   English World dictionary

  • suppressant — 1958, from SUPPRESS (Cf. suppress) + ANT (Cf. ant) …   Etymology dictionary

  • suppressant — ► NOUN ▪ a drug or other substance which acts to suppress something …   English terms dictionary

  • suppressant — UK [səˈpres(ə)nt] / US noun [countable] Word forms suppressant : singular suppressant plural suppressants medical a drug that stops or limits the effects of something an appetite suppressant …   English dictionary

  • suppressant — sup·press·ant sə pres ənt adj SUPPRESSIVE suppressant n an agent (as a drug) that tends to suppress or reduce in intensity rather than eliminate something <a cough suppressant> * * * sup·pres·sant (sə presґənt) 1. inducing… …   Medical dictionary

  • suppressant — [[t]səpre̱sənt[/t]] suppressants N COUNT: n N A suppressant is a drug which is used to stop one of the natural functions of the body. [MEDICAL] ...the brief period in her life when she took Dexedrine as an appetite suppressant …   English dictionary

  • suppressant — /seuh pres euhnt/, n. a substance that suppresses an undesirable action or condition: an appetite suppressant. [1940 45; SUPRESS + ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • suppressant — noun Suppressant is used after these nouns: ↑cough …   Collocations dictionary

  • suppressant — sup|press|ant [səˈpresənt] n appetite/cough/pain etc suppressant a drug or medicine that makes you less hungry, cough less etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suppressant — sup|pres|sant [ sə presnt ] noun count a drug that stops or limits the effects of something: an appetite suppressant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • suppressant — sup•pres•sant [[t]səˈprɛs ənt[/t]] n. pha a substance that suppresses an undesirable action or condition: a cough suppressant[/ex] • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

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