tongue depressor

Origin of tongue depressor

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called tongue blade.
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tongue depressor in Medicine

tongue depressor

n.
  1. A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat; a spatula.
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