depressor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n depressor a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
    • n depressor any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves
    • n depressor any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Depressor (Anat) A muscle that depresses or tends to draw down a part.
    • Depressor One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n depressor One who presses down; an oppressor.
    • n depressor 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 depressor In surgery, an instrument like a curved spatula used for reducing or pushing a protruding part into place.
    • n depressor 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. Also called a crusher. A depressor or crusher is essentially of the same nature as a booster, but is applied to the regulation of the return circuit instead of the insulated circuit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Depressor an oppressor: a muscle that draws down: a surgical instrument for squeezing down a soft part
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprimĕre, -pressumde, down, and primĕre, to press.

Usage

In literature:

The medics put a splint of two tongue depressors on it and I still have one knuckle that doesn't bond.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
By the common carotids will be found the large white vagus nerve, the greyish sympathetic, and a small branch of X., the depressor.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Depressor: applied to a muscle that has for its function the depression of an organ or a part.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Depressor anguli oris muscle.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Both of these drugs are well known to be marked circulatory depressors.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
It is a depressor of the whole caudal appendix.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
Tongue depressor, 59, 79. tie guard, 62.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
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In news:

A year from now, the federal government will start collecting a new tax on medical devices from tongue depressors to imaging machines, thanks to the sweeping health-care overhaul that Democrats enacted in the spring of 2010.
Thexton Infinite Adjustment Throttle Depressor .
Store bought green beans taste like tongue depressors.
A year from now, the federal government will start collecting a new tax on medical devices from tongue depressor s to imaging machines, thanks to the sweeping health-care overhaul that Democrats enacted in the spring of 2010.
COLUMBIA — When Robert Harris shows up in southeast Missouri next week with his stethoscope and tongue depressors, it will be the first time some of the kids he sees will ever have seen the likes of him: a pediatrician .
Apply small amount to clean, dry skin with spatula or tongue depressor.
Over the past year we have seen trick shots from basketball to tongue depressors and everything in between.
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