tongue depressor

noun
a broad, thin piece of wood used by doctors to hold down the patient's tongue during an examination of the mouth and throat.
Also called tongue blade.


Origin:
1870–75

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tongue depressor n.
A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat; a spatula.

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Example sentences
But not as bad as what you are doing with that tongue depressor.
Materials needed include tongue depressor, sterile gauze pads, and sterile
  rubber gloves.
Care should be taken not to flip material with the tongue depressor.
Thorough examination of the mouth and throat with a tongue depressor and a good
  light is mandatory.
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