\ 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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gauzelike \ ˈgȯz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce gauzelike (audio) \ adjective
gauzily \ ˈgȯ-​zə-​lē How to pronounce gauzily (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 suspect wrapped white gauze around his face and arms, the FBI said. Amanda Jackson And Pierre Meilhan, CNN, "FBI seeking help identifying a bank robber dressed as a mummy," 17 Sep. 2019 Some protesters, outfitted with sanitary pads, gloves, saline solution, scissors, gauze and other supplies, are responsible for administering first aid. Washington Post, "Hand signals and Post-its: The Hong Kong protester playbook," 20 July 2019 After the paint dries, wrap the pins in gauze bandages. Heather Jeffcoat, Woman's Day, "Mummy Bowling," 9 Sep. 2019 Each kit contains a professional tourniquet, gauze and dressing, nitrile gloves, shears and more. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 Eberjey’s version is made of a thin, gauze-y cotton-rayon blend that feels light on your skin and is comfortable in a range of climates. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Pajama Sets, Whether You're Traveling With Your In-Laws or College Roommates," 5 Sep. 2019 They should not be used on the neck or torso, where stuffing gauze is best to slow blood flow. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Basic CPR and First Aid procedures," 1 Sep. 2019 Hospitals were starved for equipment, medicine, and other supplies, like gauze, and struggled to heat themselves in winter. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 In the morning, his wife, Norma, cleans the area around his catheter, applies a gauze bandage and tapes an 18-inch extender attached to the catheter to his chest. Kaiser Health News,, "Donald Trump wants more kidney patients on home dialysis; here’s the reality of what it’s like," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of gauze was in 1561

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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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