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spatula

Pronunciation: spach'u-la

Definition: A flat blade, like a knife blade but without a sharp edge, used in pharmacy for spreading plasters and ointments and as an aid to mixing ingredients with a mortar and pestle.

[L. dim. of spatha, a broad, flat wooden instrument, fr. G. spathe]

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