tongue depressor


a broad, thin piece of wood used by doctors to hold down the patient's tongue during an examination of the mouth and throat.

Nearby words

  1. tongs,
  2. tongshan,
  3. tongue,
  4. tongue cover,
  5. tongue crib,
  6. tongue graft,
  7. tongue hangs out, one's,
  8. tongue in cheek, with,
  9. tongue river,
  10. tongue sole

Origin of tongue depressor

First recorded in 1870–75

Also called tongue blade. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for tongue depressor

tongue depressor


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

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