[ proh-bang ]
/ ˈproʊ bæŋ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. probable cause,
  2. probable error,
  3. probably,
  4. probacteriophage,
  5. proband,
  6. probate,
  7. probate court,
  8. probation,
  9. probation officer,
  10. probationary

Origin of probang

1650–60; alteration (by association with probe) of provang, unexplained coinage of the inventor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for probang


/ (ˈprəʊbæŋ) /


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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Medicine definitions for probang


[ prōbăng′ ]


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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