bandage

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
  1. noun
    a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
    synonyms: patch
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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
    truss
    (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
    Elastoplast
    an elastic adhesive bandage for covering cuts or wounds
    spiral bandage
    an oblique bandage in which successive turns overlap preceding turns
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    dressing, medical dressing
    a cloth covering for a wound or sore
  2. verb
    dress by covering or binding
    “The nurse bandaged a sprained ankle”
    bandage an incision”
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    ligate
    bind with a bandage or ligature
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    dress
    apply a bandage or medication to
  3. verb
    wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
    synonyms: bind
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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