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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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  • 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.
  • Cattle hides will be sampled using a sterile sponge wrapped around the end of a sterile tongue depressor and stapled.
  • Use a disposable spatula, such as a wooden tongue depressor, to remove the chemical from the bottle.
  • Then use a tongue depressor and bagged flashlight to check teeth, gums and soft tissues.
  • The specimens in each sample shall be collected with a sterile tongue depressor or similar uncontaminated instrument.
  • Using a tongue depressor, insert the swab and vigorously rub the tonsils and the posterior pharynx.
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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