depressant depressant  /dɪ ˈprɛ sənt/


  1. (n) a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
  2. (adj) capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent



  1. In two of the groups, the placebo problem was resolved by telling patients they were comparing light boxes to a new anti-depressant device that emits negatively charged ions.
  2. Mixing alcohol, a depressant, with stimulants is nothing new.
  3. It is in the central nervous system that alcohol, the depressant, masquerades most successfully as a stimulant.


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  1. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Jan McLucas said the Government would be "very concerned if anti-depressant medications were being inappropriately prescribed and dispensed, particularly to children".
    on Dec 2, 2008 By: Jan McLucas Source: The Australian

  2. Lead researcher Dr Paul Greengard said: "They all work in totally different ways, but in all cases they caused the same biochemical change. So, it's pretty convincing that p11 is associated with the main therapeutic action of anti-depressant drugs."
    on Jan 6, 2006 By: Paul Greengard Source: BBC News

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