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noun Surgery.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for probang

Historical Examples of probang

  • He covered a probang with the skin of a small eel, or the gut of a lamb or cat.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • If such symptoms arise the probang must be withdrawn at once.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.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Should our efforts entirely fail, we must then endeavor to force the obstruction downward by means of the probang.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for probang


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


  1. 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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