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pressor

[pres-er] /ˈprɛs ər/
adjective, Physiology
1.
causing an increase in blood pressure; causing vasoconstriction.
Origin of pressor
1885-1890
1885-90; attributive use of Late Latin pressor presser, equivalent to Latin *pret-, variant stem of premere to press1 + -tor -tor, with -tt- > -ss-
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  • Tractor and pressor beams were known to men, of course, but human beings used them only under very special conditions.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • Along that pressor beam there crept a dull rod of energy, which surrounded the fugitive shell and brought it slowly to a halt.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Along that pressor beam there crept a dull red rod of energy, which surrounded the fugitive shell and brought it slowly to a halt.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • They have to aim something—a pressor or tractor beam, most likely—and pick off each rocket separately.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • It had no beam-projectors except small-sized objects which were—which must be—their projectors of tractor and pressor beams.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • When we fired rockets at them, they turned them back with tractor and pressor beams.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for pressor

pressor

/ˈprɛsə; -sɔː/
adjective
1.
(physiol) relating to or producing an increase in blood pressure
Word Origin
C19: from Latin premere to press
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pressor in Medicine

pressor pres·sor (prěs'ôr', -ər)
adj.

  1. Producing increased blood pressure.

  2. Causing constriction of the blood vessels.

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