Entry from US English dictionary
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.
- 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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Syllabification: tongue de·pres·sor
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