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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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British Dictionary definitions for gauzelike

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 gauzelike

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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gauzelike in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for gauzelike

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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