tongue depressor

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tongue depressor

A thin blade for pressing down the tongue during a medical examination of the mouth and throat.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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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. In this way, they're getting rid of the ointment surface that might become contaminated through handling, unlike using a jar, in which you can't really get rid of the surface once it's been touched.
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. Am J Med 2003; 114(7):618-20.
By exerting pressure on the gauze pad through the walls of the bag, the gauze pad was slid off the tongue depressor blade and was allowed to fall into the bag.
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. Flexible fiberoptic endoscopy showed a narrowing of the nasopharyngeal inlet.
The snowy-haired physician reached slowly into the pocket of his short blue lab coat and brought out a wooden tongue depressor. As the boy clung to his mother's skirt, the doctor drew a face on one end of the stick and carefully offered it to the pensive patient.
Sterilized wooden tongue depressor blades were used to loosen soil and transfer it to sterile plastic bags for transport to the laboratory.
In those situations, I still may need a tongue depressor. Another trick I have learned is to keep my fifth fingers pressing against the child's cheeks.