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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.
Origin of sponge bath
1855-60 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sponge bath
  • 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.
  • The resident was not showered, she was given a sponge bath.
British Dictionary definitions for sponge bath

sponge bath

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

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

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