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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slender elastic rod, as of whalebone, with a sponge on the end, for removing obstructions from the oesophagus, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slender elastic rod, as of whalebone, with a sponge on the end, for removing obstructions from the esophagus, etc.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Alteration (probably influenced by probe) of provang.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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