\ ˈgȯz How to pronounce gauze (audio) \

Definition of gauze

1a : a thin often transparent fabric used chiefly for clothing or draperies
b : a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing
c : a firm woven fabric of metal or plastic filaments
2 : haze

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Other Words from gauze

gauzelike \ ˈgȯz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce gauze (audio) \ adjective
gauzily \ ˈgȯ-​zə-​lē How to pronounce gauze (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of gauze in a Sentence

He wrapped the wound in gauze. wrapped in the pale gauze of a misty afternoon, the city seemed eerily romantic to the strolling lovers
Recent Examples on the Web Poor wound care was nowhere more evident than in the case of one patient treated by an Ace of Hearts nurse who lacked enough clean gauze to dress a serious foot sore. Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, "End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans," 9 Dec. 2020 In part to placate the Chinese, the 747s that were sent to collect Americans were filled with eighteen tons of P.P.E., including masks, gowns, and gauze. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 For an extra boost, wrap gauze around ice cubes infused with anti-inflammatory green or chamomile tea, then glide them over the skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Heal Dry Skin in Winter, According to a Celebrity Facialist," 22 Dec. 2020 The physician assistant applied a dab of skin adhesive to the wound, then covered it with a Band-Aid and a piece of gauze. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A $336 Band-Aid for a cut finger? Our healthcare system is nuts," 8 Dec. 2020 The 75 pieces include scissors, tweezers, vinyl gloves, gauze, bandaids and more all inside a hard case with a zipper. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "15 essential items for winter emergencies, snowstorms to keep in your car," 1 Dec. 2020 The supervisor found some gauze and wrapped his hand, and Garcia finished his shift. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories," 19 Nov. 2020 Combine that with an Israeli pressure dressing and hemostatic gauze for additional means of dealing with moderate to severe bleeding. Derek Mcdonald, Outdoor Life, "How to Build the Best Emergency Go-Bag for Your Truck," 3 Nov. 2020 Two gauze masks used in the 1918 pandemic are in the collection of the Oakland Museum of California. CBS News, "During the 1918 flu pandemic, masks were controversial for "many of the same reasons they are today"," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gauze

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gauze

Middle French gaze

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16 Feb 2021

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“Gauze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gauze

: a very thin cloth : cloth so thin that you can see through it
: loosely woven cotton that is used as a bandage


\ ˈgȯz How to pronounce gauze (audio) \

Kids Definition of gauze

1 : a thin fabric that allows light to pass through it
2 : loosely woven cotton used as a bandage


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Medical Definition of gauze

: a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing

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