a simple device, as a rod, spatula, or the like, for medication, cosmetics, glue, or any other substance not usually touched with the fingers.
Historical Examples

The ears are also carefully cleansed with a squeezed-out dip of boracic acid on the applicator.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

By touching the surface with the applicator, one can determine the depth of nail destroyed before washing off the excess sulphide.
Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern

a device, such as a spatula or rod, for applying a medicine, glue, etc

applicator ap·pli·ca·tor (āp’lĭ-kā’tər)
An instrument for applying something, such as a medication.


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