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cold pack

a cold towel, ice bag, etc., applied to the body to reduce swelling, relieve pain, etc.
Also called cold-pack method, raw-pack method. a method of canning uncooked food by placing it in hot jars or cans and sterilizing in a bath of boiling water or steam.
Compare hot pack.
Origin of cold pack


[kohld-pak] /ˈkoʊldˌpæk/
verb (used with object)
to place a cold pack on:
to cold-pack a feverish patient.
to can (food) by the cold-pack method.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cold pack
  • Foods that need to stay cold can be frozen before you leave and stored with a cold pack while you hike.
  • Apply ice or a cold pack to control swelling and reduce pain.
  • Place it in a plastic bag and put it on ice or a cold pack.
British Dictionary definitions for cold pack

cold pack

  1. a method of lowering the body temperature by wrapping a person in a sheet soaked in cold water
  2. the sheet so used
a tinning process in which raw food is packed in cans or jars and then heated
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cold pack in Medicine

cold pack n.
A compress of gauze, cloth, or plastic filled or moistened with a cold fluid and applied externally to swollen or injured body parts to relieve pain and swelling.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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