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gauze

[gawz] /gɔz/
noun
1.
any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
2.
a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
3.
any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
4.
a thin haze.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < French gaze < ?
Related forms
gauzelike, adjective
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  • And he went to the emergency room and thought it was nothing, put a little antibiotic gauze on it and said come to the clinic.
  • Volunteers swab turtle mouths with gauze pads and also employ a secret weapon-mayonnaise.
  • Above a cold, swollen sea, a sunny day gives way as clouds wrap the sky in silver gauze.
  • In this dark and surrealistic landscape a drizzle of soot and oil flashes in our headlights and stains our protective gauze masks.
  • Somehow, one thin ply of no-see-um proof gauze didn't seem sufficient in the face of this large-mammal chorus.
  • Quickly cover the beaker with wire gauze and stand back.
  • The dressings were made of cotton and gauze and were individually wrapped.
  • If anything happens, take as many gauze rolls as you can and stuff them directly into the wound.
  • In fact, wicks are sometimes made of a kind of wire gauze.
  • Old-fashioned sentiment prefers that it be white, and of some diaphanous material, such as net or gauze or lace.
British Dictionary definitions for gauze

gauze

/ɡɔːz/
noun
1.
  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. (as modifier): a gauze veil
2.
a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
3.
any thin openwork material, such as wire
4.
a fine mist or haze
Word Origin
C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Word Origin and History for gauze
n.

1560s, gais, from French gaze, conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne].

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gauze in Medicine

gauze (gôz)
n.
A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.

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Encyclopedia Article for gauze

light, open-weave fabric made of cotton when used for surgical dressings and of silk and other fibres when used for dress trimming. The name is derived from that of the Palestinian city of Gaza, where the fabric is thought to have originated. It is made either by a plain weave or by a leno weave.

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