sponge bath

a bath in which the bather is cleaned by a wet sponge or washcloth dipped in water, without getting into a tub of water.


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sponge bath
a washing of the body with a wet sponge or cloth, but without immersion in water

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sponge bath n.
A bath in which a wet sponge or washcloth is used without immersing the body in water.

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Example sentences
He depends on friends to bring him food every day, and on a visiting nurse to
  give him a sponge bath three times a week.
The best way to take a bath is to have a sponge bath.
The primary objective in heat stroke is to reduce the body's temperature as
  rapidly as possible via a cool water or sponge bath.
It was used to perhaps wash faces and maybe even take a sponge bath at your bed.
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