cotton wool

noun

Definition of cotton wool 

: raw cotton especially : cotton batting

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On a twin bed covered by a thin clear plastic sheet, sat a bag with surgical gloves, a jar of petroleum jelly, cotton wool, some pain killers and the needle, attached to a long, thin tube, which is used to drain the fluid into a bucket on the floor. Alex Platt, CNN, "Trump's ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions," 24 May 2018 These were white reliefs with surfaces made from familiar materials and objects (fabric, bread, cotton wool) covered in liquid kaolin, a white clay, which stiffened when dry. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Enrico Castellani, Artist in the Postwar Avant-Garde, Dies at 87," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cotton wool

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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cotton wool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cotton wool

: a mass of cotton that is used especially for cleaning the skin or wounds

cotton-wool

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Medical Definition of cotton-wool 

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