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

n (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings

gauze bandage
petrolatum gauze
gauze saturated with petrolatum
Type of:
fabric woven from cotton fibers

n a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave

netting, veiling
a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
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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