repress

(redirected from represses)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to represses: Repressed anger

repress

(rĭ-prĕs′)
v. re·pressed, re·pressing, re·presses
v.tr.
1. Psychology To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
2. Biology
a. To prevent (the transcription of a gene or the synthesis of a protein) by the combination of a protein with an operator gene.
b. To prevent or limit the synthesis of (a protein).

re·press′i·bil′i·ty n.
re·press′i·ble adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
While it increasingly represses domestic religious minorities, Beijing continues to export critical military hardware to Iran and North Korea, elements of the so-called "axis of evil." The Bush administration, nevertheless, remains eager to embrace the Communist colossus as a partner in the "war on terrorism."
Compson and Miss Rosa Coldfield, and their recollections of a small photograph) into an irresistible psychological compulsion: Miss Rosa cannot "see" that the photograph has been switched because she represses the sight while Mr.
Bellamy adapts here a primarily generic distinction: epic represses romance, understood as "the narrative of narcissism as the locus of ego formation" (30).