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[gawz] /gɔz/
any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
a thin haze.
Origin of gauze
1555-65; < French gaze < ?
Related forms
gauzelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gauze
  • 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


  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. (as modifier): a gauze veil
a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
any thin openwork material, such as wire
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

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)
A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.

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