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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
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

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