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depress +‎ -ant

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /dɪˈpɹɛsənt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛsənt

Noun edit

depressant (countable and uncountable, plural depressants)

  1. (pharmacology) A pharmacological substance which decreases neuronal or physiological activity.
    Alcohol acts first as a stimulant and then as a depressant.
  2. (mining) An agent that inhibits the flotation of a mineral or minerals.

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depressant (comparative more depressant, superlative most depressant)

  1. (pharmacology) reducing functional or nervous activity.