cotton wool

noun

Definition of cotton wool

:raw cotton; especially :cotton batting

First Known Use of cotton wool

14th century


COTTON WOOL Defined for English Language Learners

cotton wool

noun

Definition of cotton wool for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

cotton-wool

noun

medical Definition of cotton-wool

British

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