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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.
an instrument with a broad flat extremity used for pressing down the tongue to facilitate examination of the oral cavity and pharynx.
A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat.
tongue depressorA flat wooden or metal spatula used to press the tongue gently downwards so as to expose the back of the throat for examination.
anything that depresses, as a muscle, agent or instrument, or an afferent nerve, whose stimulation causes a fall in blood pressure.
an instrument for pressing down the tongue, usually for purposes of visualizing the soft palate and posterior pharynx.