A tongue depressor is a tool used in medical practice to depress the tongue to allow for examination of the mouth and throat. The most common modern tongue depressors are a flat, thin, wooden blade, smoothed and rounded at both ends, but, historically, tongue depressors have been made of a variety of materials. Since they are inexpensive and difficult to clean, wooden tongue depressors are normally labeled for disposal after a single use.
Hobbyists and teachers have found a multitude of uses for tongue depressors (sometimes called "craft sticks" or "Meyerhoffer sticks") in their projects. Tongue depressors may be used to form so-called "stick bombs".
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