tongue depressor

tongue depressor
tongue depressor n a thin wooden blade rounded at both ends that is used to depress the tongue to allow for inspection of the mouth and throat

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an instrument for pressing the tongue against the floor of the mouth, allowing better visualization of the oropharynx.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • tongue depressor — tongue de.pressor n AmE a small flat piece of wood that a doctor uses to hold down your tongue while examining your throat British Equivalent: spatula …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tongue depressor — noun a thin depressor used to press the tongue down during an examination of the mouth and throat (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑depressor …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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. Also called tongue blade. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • tongue depressor — noun a) A long, narrow, smooth piece of wood designed to depress the tongue, to allow for examination of the rear of the oral cavity. b) Any device used to depress the tongue …   Wiktionary

  • tongue depressor — noun (C) AmE a little flat piece of wood a doctor uses to hold down your tongue while examining your throat; spatula BrE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • depressor — [dē pres′ər, dipres′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that depresses 2. any of various muscles that draw down a part of the body 3. a nerve which when stimulated decreases the activity of a part of the body 4. an instrument that presses a protruding… …   English World dictionary

  • tongue blade — n TONGUE DEPRESSOR …   Medical dictionary

  • tongue — n. language 1) one s mother, native tongue organ of speech speech 2) to use one s tongue ( to speak ) 3) to hold one s tongue ( to be silent ) 4) to find one s tongue ( to begin to speak ) 5) to stick out one s tongue (the child stuck out its… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • depressor — 1. A muscle that flattens or lowers a part. 2. Anything that depresses or retards functional activity. 3. An instrument or device used to push certain structures out of the way during an operation or examination. 4. An agent that decreases blood …   Medical dictionary

  • depressor — n. a tongue depressor * * * [dɪ presə] a tongue depressor …   Combinatory dictionary

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