a broad, thin piece of wood used by doctors to hold down the patient's tongue during an examination of the mouth and throat.
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Also called tongue blade .
Origin of tongue depressor
First recorded in 1870–75
Words nearby tongue depressor
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Medical definitions for 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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