- a long, slender, elastic rod with a sponge, ball, or the like, at the end, to be introduced into the esophagus or larynx, as for removing foreign bodies, or for introducing medication.
Origin of probang
1650–60; alteration (by association with probe) of provang, unexplained coinage of the inventor
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Examples from the Web for probang
He covered a probang with the skin of a small eel, or the gut of a lamb or cat.Zoonomia, Vol. II
If such symptoms arise the probang must be withdrawn at once.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The probang is used when the former remedies are ineffectual.Domestic Animals
Richard L. Allen
The diagnosis is complete if, upon passing the probang (a flexible tube made for this purpose), an obstruction is encountered.
Should our efforts entirely fail, we must then endeavor to force the obstruction downward by means of the probang.
- surgery a long flexible rod, often with a small sponge at one end, for inserting into the oesophagus, as to apply medication
C17: variant, apparently by association with probe, of provang, name coined by W. Rumsey (1584–1660), Welsh judge, its inventor; of unknown origin
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- A long, slender, flexible rod having a tuft or sponge at the end, used chiefly to remove foreign bodies from or apply medication to the larynx or esophagus.
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