\ 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

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 The floor is dirty, and from some angles, the white dust on the floor looks like a layer of gauze. Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Ronnie Blair was lying on a bed in the intensive care unit of Tampa General Hospital, gauze bandages covering the arms and legs of the 8-year-old's tiny body. Johnny Dodd,, 20 Aug. 2021 Deputies treated the boy’s stab wound with hemostatic gauze, which is designed to help quickly clot and stop bleeding, until paramedics arrived and took him to a San Diego hospital, Lizarraga said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2022 First aid kits contain products like gauze, Band-Aids, moleskin, and Benadryl to keep you prepared for scrapes, blisters, and bug bites. Hannah Singleton, SELF, 27 May 2022 There’s a photo of some kid at a punk show in, like, 1976 who’s like wrapped up in bloody gauze. Kyle Rice, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 Patches of bubbles cling to my skin like the strategic gauze brushed over nude figures in classical paintings. Madeleine Watts, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The lanterns are covered in a thin silk gauze that is beginning to shred, and the paintings on them are fading. Michelle Terris, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Among them was Yuri Taranienko, 50, who lay in a hospital bed with blood stains visible through the gauze tightly wrapped around his left calf. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for gauze


\ 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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