tongue depressor


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depressor

 [de-pres´or]
1. anything that depresses, such as a muscle, agent, or instrument. See also depressant.
2. depressor nerve.
tongue depressor an instrument for pressing down the tongue, allowing better visualization of the oropharynx.

tongue de·pres·sor

an instrument with a broad flat extremity used for pressing down the tongue to facilitate examination of the oral cavity and pharynx.

tongue depressor

n.
A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat.

tongue depressor

A flat wooden or metal spatula used to press the tongue gently downwards so as to expose the back of the throat for examination.

depressor

anything that depresses, as a muscle, agent or instrument, or an afferent nerve, whose stimulation causes a fall in blood pressure.

tongue depressor
an instrument for pressing down the tongue, usually for purposes of visualizing the soft palate and posterior pharynx.
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Caregivers using the tubes find it easy to extrude a bit of extra ointment and wipe it off with a tongue depressor.
If the child cannot keep his mouth open, use a mouth prop--for example, three or four tongue depressors taped together, a rolled-up moistened washcloth or a rubber doorstop.
Craft supply stores carry the paint and other materials you'll need to decorate the insects' bodies and appendages: construction paper, giftwrap, and frosted acetate for wings; assorted knickknacks such as styrene foam balls, wooden buttons, tongue depressors, pins, and pipe cleaners for other body parts.
Mucormycosis of the tongue in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A possible relation with use of a tongue depressor.
Use a taffy apple stick, a bamboo skewer, yard markers, a tongue depressor and other tools to create the relief mould in the aluminum.
Standard 2" x 2" gauze sponges were opened and refolded to form a 2" x 4" pad, then wrapped around the end of a wooden tongue depressor blade and loosely secured with cotton string.
Our slender green and turquoise grasshoppers each feature tongue depressor and toothpick legs that glue to the clothespin's sides.
Medical devices were very broadly defined and could include anything from a tongue depressor to an MRI unit.
On oral examination, the soft palate could be seen, but the position of the tongue did not allow for visualization of the palatal arches without the use of a tongue depressor.
The snowy-haired physician reached slowly into the pocket of his short blue lab coat and brought out a wooden tongue depressor.
Sterilized wooden tongue depressor blades were used to loosen soil and transfer it to sterile plastic bags for transport to the laboratory.