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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

(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.

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]

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]
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