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probang

[ proh-bang ]
/ ˈproʊ bæŋ /
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noun Surgery.

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.

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Origin of probang

1650–60; alteration (by association with probe) of provang, unexplained coinage of the inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for probang

probang
/ (ˈprəʊbæŋ) /

noun

surgery a long flexible rod, often with a small sponge at one end, for inserting into the oesophagus, as to apply medication

Word Origin for probang

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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Medical definitions for probang

probang
[ prōbăng′ ]

n.

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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