Definition of Tongue depressor

1. Noun. A thin depressor used to press the tongue down during an examination of the mouth and throat.

Generic synonyms: Depressor



Definition of Tongue depressor

1. Noun. A long, narrow, smooth piece of wood designed to depress the tongue, to allow for examination of the rear of the oral cavity. ¹

2. Noun. (context: less commonly) Any device used to depress the tongue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Tongue depressor

1. An instrument with a broad flat extremity used for pressing down the tongue to facilitate examination of the oral cavity and pharynx. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tongue Depressor

tongue-shaped
tongue-shell
tongue-shells
tongue-swallowing
tongue-tie
tongue-tied
tongue-twister
tongue-twisters
tongue and groove
tongue and groove joint
tongue bone
tongue clacker
tongue clackers
tongue clacking
tongue crib
tongue depressor (current term)
tongue depressors
tongue fern
tongue flap
tongue habits
tongue kiss
tongue kisses
tongue lashing
tongue lashings
tongue map
tongue of cerebellum
tongue phenomenon
tongue ring
tongue rings
tongue thrust

Literary usage of Tongue depressor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Throat and nose, and their diseases by Lennox Browne (1890)
"DINO tongue depressor AND RETRACTOR (HALF MEASUREMENTS). ferably with a narrow instrument ; observance of these hints will go far to prevent reflex ..."

2. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1892)
"A SATISFACTORY tongue depressor. BY CHEVALIER Q. JACKSON, MD, PITTSBURG, PA. THE instrument to whose manipulation the hand has become habituated is the one ..."

3. A Manual of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Cornelius Godfrey Coakley (1922)
"If the end of the tongue depressor be placed in front of the highest point in ... The parts behind the tip of the tongue depressor will rise and obscure the ..."

4. Diseases of infancy and childhood: Their Dietetic, Hygienic, and Medical by Louis Fischer (1907)
"A Very Convenient tongue depressor is the One Shown in the Illustration. I have previously called attention to the necessity of undressing a child for its ..."

5. A Manual of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Cornelius Godfrey Coakley (1901)
"The knack of employing a tongue depressor is not easily acquired. ... If the end of the tongue depressor be placed in front of the highest point in the arch ..."

6. Diseases of infancy and childhood: Their Dietetic, Hygienic, and Medical by Louis Fischer (1910)
"A Very Convenient tongue depressor is the One Shown in the Illustration. I have previously called attention to the necessity of undressing a child for itn ..."

7. A Text-book of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Francke Huntington Bosworth (1896)
"The spatula shown in Fig. 11 is well fitted to accomplish this purpose. The blade FIG. 10.— Turck'8 tongue depressor. Fio. 11. ..."

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