tongue depressor

noun

US
: a thin piece of wood that is rounded at both ends and that a doctor uses to press down on a patient's tongue when looking in the patient's throat

Examples of tongue depressor in a Sentence

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Medical Definition

tongue depressor

noun
: 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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