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tongue depressor

Syllabification: tongue de·pres·sor

Definition of tongue depressor in English:

noun

An instrument, typically a small flat piece of wood, used by health practitioners to press down the tongue in order to allow inspection of the mouth or throat.
Example sentences
  • The gag reflex is elicited by stroking the pharyngeal mucosa with a cotton-tipped applicator or tongue depressor.
  • After I described my symptoms and he stuck a tongue depressor down my throat, he sent me down the hall for a blood test, which cost 15 yuan.
  • There wasn't a stethoscope, tongue depressor, or thermometer in sight.

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