American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, slender, flexible rod having a tuft or sponge at the end, used to remove foreign bodies from or apply medication to the larynx or esophagus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, a long and slender elastic rod of whalebone, with a piece of sponge attached to one end, or other similar instrument, for introduction into the esophagus or larynx, as for the application of remedies or the removal of foreign bodies.
- n. A slender elastic rod, as of whalebone, with a sponge on the end, for removing obstructions from the oesophagus, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A slender elastic rod, as of whalebone, with a sponge on the end, for removing obstructions from the esophagus, etc.
- Alteration (probably influenced by probe) of provang. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A probang is a piece of whalebone with a bit of sponge firmly fixed to one end; but, if one is not at hand, a cane with a knot at the end, or even a riding-whip, with a thick end, would probably suffice.”
“The flexible probang, which is usually made of spiral wire covered with leather, is a very useful instrument to relieve choke when in the hands of an experienced operator.”
“He will use a probang, an instrument made for this purpose, or inject Sweet or Olive”
“Relating to the hollow part of the leg behind the knee joint. probang”
“And when the surgeon passes the probang or other instruments into the oesophagus, he finds it necessary to give the head of the person on whom he operates the same inclination backwards.”
“These obstructions can sometimes be removed by careful manipulations with the hand; but, where this can not be accomplished, the flexible probang should be employed.”
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“Do not pass blindly an esophageal bougie, probang, or other instrument.”
“An operation on the esophagus was immediately commenced, but abandoned, and an attempt made to push the fish down with a probang, which was, in a measure, successful.”
“A bolus of food, for example, or a small smooth object that is likely to pass safely along the alimentary canal, if it cannot be extracted with forceps, may be pushed on into the stomach by the aid of a bulbous-headed or sponge probang.”
“For some purposes, such as pushing onward an impacted bolus of food, the sponge probang -- which consists of a small round sponge fixed on a whalebone stem -- is to be preferred.”
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