Etymology
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depressor (n.)

"one who or that which depresses or pushes down," 1610s, from Latin depressor, agent noun from deprimere "to press down, depress" (see depress). By 1874 as "surgical instrument for pressing down a part of the body."

updated on July 27, 2018

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Definitions of depressor from WordNet

depressor (n.)
any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down;
Synonyms: depressor muscle
depressor (n.)
any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves;
Synonyms: depressor nerve
depressor (n.)
a device used by physician to press a part down or aside;
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