band aid

Band-Aid

[band-eyd]
1.
Trademark. a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
noun
2.
(often lowercase) Informal. a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution that does not satisfy the basic or long-range need: The proposed reform isn't thorough enough to be more than just a band-aid.
adjective
3.
(often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution: band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.

Origin:
1965–70 for defs 2, 3

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Band-Aid
trademark registered 1924 by Johnson & Johnson for a stick-on gauze pad or strip. The British equivalent was Elastoplast. Fig. sense of "temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, pallative" (often lower case, sometimes bandaid) is first recorded 1968; as an adj., from 1970.
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Medical Dictionary

Band-Aid (bānd'ād')

A trademark used for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.

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