Definition of Gauze

1. Noun. (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings.

Exact synonyms: Gauze Bandage
Group relationships: Bandage, Patch, Surgical Dressing
Generic synonyms: Cotton
Specialized synonyms: Petrolatum Gauze
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine

2. Noun. A net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave.
Exact synonyms: Netting, Veiling
Specialized synonyms: Cheesecloth, Gossamer
Generic synonyms: Mesh, Meshing, Meshwork, Net, Network
Derivative terms: Gauzy

Definition of Gauze

1. n. A very thin, slight, transparent stuff, generally of silk; also, any fabric resembling silk gauze; as, wire gauze; cotton gauze.

2. a. Having the qualities of gauze; thin; light; as, gauze merino underclothing.

Definition of Gauze

1. Noun. A thin fabric with a loose, open weave. ¹

2. Noun. A similar bleached cotton fabric used as a surgical dressing. ¹

3. Noun. A thin woven metal or plastic mesh. ¹

4. Noun. Wire gauze, used as fence. ¹

5. Noun. Mist or haze ¹

6. Verb. To apply a dressing of gauze ¹

7. Verb. To mist ¹

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Definition of Gauze

1. a transparent fabric [n -S]

Medical Definition of Gauze

1. A bleached cotton cloth of plain weave, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges; petrolatum gauze is saturated with petrolatum. Origin: Fr. Gaze, fr. Ar. Gazz, raw silk (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gauze

gaussian curve
gaussian distribution
gauze (current term)
gauze bandage
gauze mat

Literary usage of Gauze

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Druggist (1887)
"When gauze is to be saturated, it is first necessary to know its own weight ... A. good absorbent gauze usually retains, after strong pressure, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
""When plates were used without gauze in front, all metals were found to become ... A metal plate 22 cm. in diameter and a parallel sheet of wire gauze were ..."

3. Obstetrics for nurses by Joseph Bolivar De Lee (1922)
"gauze pledgets, as used in surgical work, would be very expensive in obstetrics practised at ... Cotton answers the purpose well, but if gauze is preferred, ..."

4. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"The current through the gauze is so slight that ascending smoke, slowly creeping round it, is not visibly drawn into its meshes. The sensitive action of the ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Any slight open material resembling this fabric: as, wire gauze—Empresa gauze. ... Wire gauze, wire cloth in which the wire is fine and the meshes are very ..."

6. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman, Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) (1902)
"The Disadvantages of gauze Packing, Particularly in Appendicitis Work. ... The introduction of gauze packing produced such shock. The speaker affirmed that ..."

7. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"gauze cathodes are recommended, and are best made from gauze containing ... The cathode should be stiffened by doubling the gauze for about 3 mm. at the top ..."

8. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children (1903)
"gauze packing, therefore, acts not only as a drain, but as a framework ... The newly created cavity in which the gauze is situated must now be cared for. ..."

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