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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.

[Alteration (probably influenced by probe) of earlier provang, perhaps from alteration of obsolete provet, surgical probe, from French éprouvette, from éprouver, to test, try out, from Old French esprover : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + prover, to prove; see prove.]


(Surgery) surgery a long flexible rod, often with a small sponge at one end, for inserting into the oesophagus, as to apply medication
[C17: variant, apparently by association with probe, of provang, name coined by W. Rumsey (1584–1660), Welsh judge, its inventor; of unknown origin]
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Also, on passing the probang, it could be easily passed through the oesophagus upto the forestomach without any signs of distress in animal.
Blood and probang samples (comprising oropharyngeal scrapings and fluid) were obtained from individual animals at 2-week intervals after their entry to the farm from which they moved regularly into the QENP for pasture and water.
Treatments comprise of percutaneous external esophageal massage, passing a stomach tube, Thygesen's probang and endoscopic removal of foreign bodies.
1) Clinical examination revealed a hard swelling and slight difficulty to introduce a probang into the esophagus but it passed through.