Origin of depressantdepress + -ant
- Alcohol is an example of adepressant.
- An income tax increase is an example of adepressant.
The definition of a depressant is a substance that reduces functional or nervous activity, or something that hinders economics or other activity.
lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity
a depressant medicine, drug, etc.; sedative
Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.
An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.
(countable and uncountable, plural depressants)
(comparative more depressant, superlative most depressant)
- Acting as a depressant.
depress + -ant
- The treatment is to empty the stomach by tube or by a non-depressant emetic. The physiological antidotes are atropine and digitalin or strophanthin, which should be injected subcutaneously in maximal doses.
- Emetine acts as a gradual depressant to the nervous system in animals.
- In medicine copper sulphate was employed as an emetic, but its employment for this purpose is now very rare, as it is exceedingly depressant, and if it fails to act, may seriously damage the gastric mucous membrane.
- This is accelerated by a marked depressant action upon the heart, similar to that produced by veratrine and aconite.
- Digitonin, on the other hand, is a cardiac depressant, and has been found to be identical with saponin, the chief constituent of senega root.