A bandage is a piece of tape or cloth that's used to slow the flow of blood from a cut or another wound. Any good first aid kit is equipped with plenty of bandages.

A bandage can vary from being a tiny plastic strip you stick on the spot where your cat scratched you to a thick, wide cloth that's applied to a serious injury at a hospital. You can also use it as a verb: "If I were you, I'd bandage that skinned knee so it doesn't get dirty." Bandage is a Middle French word, from the Old French bander, "to bind," and ultimately bande, "a strip."

Definitions of bandage

n a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

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adhesive bandage
bandage consisting of a medical dressing of plain absorbent gauze held in place by a plastic or fabric tape coated with adhesive
capeline bandage
bandage that covers the head or an amputation stump like a cap
cast, plaster bandage, plaster cast
bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
compression bandage, tourniquet
bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure
elastic bandage
a bandage containing stretchable material that can apply local pressure
four-tailed bandage
a bandage consisting of a strip of cloth split in two on both ends; the central part is placed under the chin to restrict motion of the mandible and the tails are tied over the top of the head
immovable bandage
a bandage of cloth impregnated with a substance (e.g., plaster of Paris) that hardens soon after it is applied
oblique bandage
a bandage in which successive turns proceed obliquely up or down a limb
roller bandage
bandage consisting of a strip of sterile fabric (of variable width) rolled into a cylinder to facilitate application
scarf bandage, sling, triangular bandage
bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck
suspensory, suspensory bandage
a bandage of elastic fabric applied to uplift a dependant part (as the scrotum or a pendulous breast)
swathe, wrapping
an enveloping bandage
(medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure
Band Aid
trade name for an adhesive bandage to cover small cuts or blisters
an elastic adhesive bandage for covering cuts or wounds
spiral bandage
an oblique bandage in which successive turns overlap preceding turns
Type of:
dressing, medical dressing
a cloth covering for a wound or sore

v dress by covering or binding

“The nurse bandaged a sprained ankle”
bandage an incision”
bind with a bandage or ligature
Type of:
apply a bandage or medication to

v wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose

Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

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