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gauze

Gauze is a loosely woven, almost translucent fabric that's used to bandage wounds. If you get a bad burn, a doctor might clean it and cover it with gauze.

In medicine, gauze has several uses. Sterile gauze is usually kept in a sealed package, to ensure that it's perfectly clean. It can be used to clean cuts, scrapes, and burns, and also acts as a large bandage. There is also a non-medical fabric called gauze that's used in light, warm-weather clothing. The word's origin is mysterious — one guess traces it to the Arabic gazz, or "raw silk."

Definitions of gauze
  1. noun
    (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
    synonyms: gauze bandage
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    types:
    petrolatum gauze
    gauze saturated with petrolatum
    type of:
    cotton
    fabric woven from cotton fibers
  2. noun
    a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
    synonyms: netting, veiling
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    types:
    cheesecloth
    a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
    gossamer
    a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
    type of:
    mesh, meshing, meshwork, net, network
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
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