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Pronunciation: pro-bang'

Definition: A flexible rod with some soft material at the distal end used injudiciously to try to advance or retrieve foreign bodies from the esophagus; a practice to be condemned as dangerous.

[alteration of provang, (a term of unknown etymology coined by the inventor, Walter Rumsey) under the influence of probe]

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