- a broad, thin piece of wood used by doctors to hold down the patient's tongue during an examination of the mouth and throat.
Origin of tongue depressor
First recorded in 1870–75
Also called tongue blade.
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- A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat; a spatula.
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