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Pronunciation: de-pres'or


  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, vasodepressor2

[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

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