Pronunciation: (di-pres'ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that depresses.
2. Surg.an instrument for pressing down a protruding part, as a tongue depressor.
a. a muscle that draws down a part of the body, as the corner of the mouth. Cf. levator.
b. Also called depres'sor nerve". a nerve that, when stimulated, induces a decrease in activity, as a slowed heartbeat.
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