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depressor

 [de-pres´or]
1. anything that depresses, such as a muscle, agent, or instrument. See also depressant.
2. depressor nerve.
tongue depressor an instrument for pressing down the tongue, allowing better visualization of the oropharynx.

de·pres·sor

(dĕ-pres'ŏr),
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 pressure. Synonym(s): hypotensor, vasodepressor (2)
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

depressor

/de·pres·sor/ (de-pres´er)
1. that which causes depression, as a muscle, agent, or instrument.

depressor

(dĭ-prĕs′ər)
n.
1. Something that depresses or is used to depress.
2. An instrument used to depress a part: a tongue depressor.
3. Any of various muscles that serve to draw down a part of the body.

depressor

[dipres′ər]
Etymology: L, deprimere, to press down
any agent that reduces activity when applied to nerves and muscles. See also depressant.

de·pres·sor

(dĕ-pres'ŏr)
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 pressure.
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

depressor

muscle whose action flattens or lowers a body part

de·pres·sor

(dĕ-pres'ŏr)
1. Instrument or device used to push structures out of the way during an operation or anatomic examination.
2. A muscle that flattens or lowers a part.
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

depressor

anything that depresses, as a muscle, agent or instrument, or an afferent nerve, whose stimulation causes a fall in blood pressure.

tongue depressor
an instrument for pressing down the tongue, usually for purposes of visualizing the soft palate and posterior pharynx.