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v. re·pressed, re·pressing, re·presses
1. Psychology To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
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).
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