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tongue depressor

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 of tongue depressor
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Oliver couldn't protest around the plastic-and-alcohol taste of the tongue depressor.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
tongue depressor in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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