from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that depresses or is used to depress.
- n. An instrument used to depress a part: a tongue depressor.
- n. Any of various muscles that serve to draw down a part of the body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Anything that depresses
- n. An instrument used to push something out of the way during an examination
- n. Any of several muscles that pull down
- n. Anything that lowers blood pressure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor.
- n. A muscle that depresses or tends to draw down a part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who presses down; an oppressor.
- n. Pl. depressores (dep-re-sō′ rēz). In anatomy, a muscle that depresses or draws down: as, the depressor anguli oris (the muscle which draws down the corner of the mouth).
- n. 3. In surgery, an instrument like a curved spatula used for reducing or pushing a protruding part into place.
- n. In electricity, a device, consisting of a generator or other source of electromotive force, placed in the return circuit of an electric system and having the function of keeping the potential in that circuit approximately the same as that of the ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down
- n. a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
- n. any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves
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