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[ban-dij] /ˈbæn dɪdʒ/
a strip of cloth or other material used to bind up a wound, sore, sprain, etc.
anything used as a band or ligature.
verb (used with object), bandaged, bandaging.
to bind or cover with a bandage:
to bandage the ankles of a football player to prevent sprains.
verb (used without object), bandaged, bandaging.
to put a bandage on a wound, sprain, etc.:
Apply some iodine before you bandage.
Origin of bandage
1590-1600; < Middle French; see band2, -age
Related forms
bandager, noun
rebandage, verb (used with object), rebandaged, rebandaging.
unbandage, verb (used with object), unbandaged, unbandaging.
well-bandaged, adjective
1. dressing, binding, compass. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bandage
  • Keep any wounds clean and cover with a clean bandage.
  • Put pressure directly on an outer wound with a sterile bandage, clean cloth, or even a piece of clothing.
  • After flushing or soaking, cover the burn with a dry, sterile bandage or clean dressing.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage that will not stick to the wound.
  • As soon as you're out of the water, apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding, then apply a bandage.
  • Cover the vaccination site loosely with a gauze bandage, using medical tape to keep it in place.
  • Cover your vaccination site with a waterproof bandage while bathing.
  • If it is going really badly, put a bandage on the dog's paw.
  • Surgeons once grafted pigskin onto burn wounds as a temporary bandage.
  • But those who wear an arm sling or a head bandage get instant sympathy.
British Dictionary definitions for bandage


a piece of material used to dress a wound, bind a broken limb, etc
a strip of any soft material used for binding, etc
to cover or bind with a bandage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from band strip, band²
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Word Origin and History for bandage

1590s, from Middle French bandage (16c.), from Old French bander "to bind," from bande "a strip" (see band (n.1)).


1774, from bandage (n.). Related: Bandaged; bandaging.

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bandage in Medicine

bandage band·age (bān'dĭj)
A strip of material such as gauze used to protect, immobilize, compress, or support a wound or injured body part. v. band·aged, band·ag·ing, band·ag·es
To apply a bandage to.

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