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tongue depressor

noun
1.
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
1870-1875
1870-75
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tongue de-pressor 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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