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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.
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
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 depressorA 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