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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