Definition of Depressor

1. Noun. Any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down.

Exact synonyms: Depressor Muscle
Generic synonyms: Skeletal Muscle, Striated Muscle
Derivative terms: Depress

2. Noun. Any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves.
Exact synonyms: Depressor Nerve
Generic synonyms: Nerve, Nervus

3. Noun. A device used by physician to press a part down or aside.
Generic synonyms: Device
Specialized synonyms: Tongue Depressor
Derivative terms: Depress

Definition of Depressor

1. n. One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor.

Definition of Depressor

1. Noun. Anything that depresses ¹

2. Noun. An instrument used to push something out of the way during an examination ¹

3. Noun. Any of several muscles that pull down ¹

4. Noun. Anything that lowers blood pressure ¹

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Definition of Depressor

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Medical Definition of Depressor

1. 1. One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor. 2. A muscle that depresses or tends to draw down a part. Depressor nerve, a nerve which lowers the activity of an organ; as, the depressor nerve of the heart. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Depressor

depressive disorder
depressive neurosis
depressive psychosis
depressive reaction
depressive stupor
depressive syndrome
depressor anguli oris
depressor fibres
depressor labii inferioris
depressor muscle
depressor muscle of epiglottis
depressor muscle of eyebrow
depressor muscle of lower lip
depressor muscle of septum
depressor nerve
depressor nerve of Ludwig
depressor reflex
depressor septi
depressor septi muscle
depressor supercilii

Literary usage of Depressor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Depressor labii inferioris (Quadratus menti) is a small quadrilateral muscle. ... By its superficial surface, with part of the Depressor anguli oris and ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1886)
"THE Depressor NERVE. In studying the action of this nerve and the effect of variations ... STEINER came to the conclusion that the depressor nerve has other ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1883)
"Depressor Anguli Oris (Triangularis menti). Dissection. The Muscles in this region may be dissected by making a vertical incision through the integument ..."

4. A Text-book of physiology for medical students and physicians by William Henry Howell (1913)
"If this latter nerve is cut in the dog and the central end i stimulated a depressor effect is usually obtained. Vasoconstrictor Centers in the Spinal Cord. ..."

5. Physiology and biochemistry in modern medicene by John James Rickard Macleod (1922)
"The effect produced on the arterial blood pressure by stimulation of either pressor or depressor fibers is usually more or less evanescent, especially in ..."

6. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"t THE Depressor EFFECT OF ADRENALIN OX ARTERIAL PRESSURE. BY WB CANNON AXD HENRY LYMAN. \from the Laboratory of Physiology in the Harvard ..."

7. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"The secondary depressor action does not occur as easily in dogs as in cats or ... Action on Depressor.—Pituitary injection decreases the efficiency of ..."

8. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by John Bell, Charles Bell (1829)
"The depressor '">'•">""" anguli oris is a neat small triangular muscle, ... The depressor labii himself. It is a small muscle, lying on each side of ..."

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