tongue de-pressor

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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