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 flat, thin, wooden blades, 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 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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