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suppress

[suh-pres] /səˈprɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.):
to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
2.
to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
3.
to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
4.
to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
5.
to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
6.
to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
7.
Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English suppressen < Latin suppressus (past participle of supprimere to press down), equivalent to sup- sup- + pressus (see press1)
Related forms
suppressedly
[suh-prest-lee, -pres-id-] /səˈprɛst li, -ˈprɛs ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
suppressible, adjective
suppressive, adjective
suppressively, adverb
suppressor, suppresser, noun
nonsuppressed, adjective
nonsuppressive, adjective
nonsuppressively, adverb
nonsuppressiveness, noun
presuppress, verb (used with object)
quasi-suppressed, adjective
resuppress, verb (used with object)
self-suppressing, adjective
self-suppressive, adjective
unsuppressed, adjective
unsuppressible, adjective
unsuppressive, adjective
well-suppressed, adjective
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Examples from the web for suppressor
  • Inactivation of one allele of some tumor suppressor genes is sufficient to cause tumors.
British Dictionary definitions for suppressor

suppressor

/səˈprɛsə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that suppresses
2.
a device fitted to an electrical appliance to suppress unwanted electrical interference to audiovisual signals

suppress

/səˈprɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put an end to; prohibit
2.
to hold in check; restrain: I was obliged to suppress a smile
3.
to withhold from circulation or publication: to suppress seditious pamphlets
4.
to stop the activities of; crush: to suppress a rebellion
5.
(electronics)
  1. to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
  2. to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
6.
(psychiatry)
  1. to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
  2. to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires) Compare repress (sense 3)
Derived Forms
suppresser, noun
suppressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin suppressus held down, from supprimere to restrain, from sub- down + premere to press
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Word Origin and History for suppressor

suppress

v.

late 14c., "to put down by force or authority," from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere "press down, stop, check, stifle," from sub "down, under" (see sub-) + premere "push against" (see press (v.1)). Sense of "prevent or prohibit the circulation of" is from 1550s. Related: Suppressed; suppressing.

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suppressor in Medicine

suppress sup·press (sə-prěs')
v. sup·pressed, sup·press·ing, sup·press·es

  1. To curtail or inhibit the activity of something, such as the immune system.

  2. To deliberately exclude unacceptable desires or thoughts from the mind.

  3. To reduce the incidence or severity of a condition or symptom, such as a hemorrhage.

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suppressor in Science
suppressor
  (sə-prěs'ər)   
  1. A mutant gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another usually mutant gene.

  2. A device, such as a resistor or grid, that is used in an electrical or electronic system to reduce unwanted currents. ◇ A suppressor grid in a vacuum tube such as a pentode is designed to prevent the secondary emission of electrons from the plate. When electrons emitted by the tube's cathode strike the plate, their energies can be high enough to cause secondary emission of low-energy electrons from the plate, and these electrons can drift away into other positively charged electrodes in the tube (like the screen or the control grid), drawing current from the plate. A negatively charged suppressor grid near the plate repels these low-energy electrons and pushes them back toward the plate so that no current is lost, increasing the efficiency of the tube.


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