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sponge

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noun \ˈspənj\

Medical Definition of sponge

  1. 1:  an elastic porous mass of interlacing horny fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals (phylum Porifera) and is able when wetted to absorb liquid

  2. 2a:  a small pad made of multiple folds of gauze or of cotton and gauze used to mop blood from a surgical incision, to carry inhalant medicaments to the nose, or to cover a superficial wound as a dressingb:  a porous dressing (as of fibrin or gelatin) applied to promote wound healingc:  a plastic prosthesis used in chest cavities following lung surgery

  3. 3:  an absorbent contraceptive device impregnated with spermicide that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse to cover the cervix and act as a barrier to sperm




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sponge

transitive verb

Medical Definition of sponge

sponged; sponging

  1. :  to cleanse, wipe, or moisten with or as if with a sponge <sponge the patient's back>





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