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

Synonyms for gauze


brume, fog, haze, mist, murk, reek, smog, soup

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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

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Traditional wound dressings like gauze and cloth bandages heal passively by keeping skin moist and holding any medicines close to the injury. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "This embryo-inspired bandage is 17 times stickier than a Band-Aid," 24 July 2019 When stitches split open during the first half, Sparano had the team doctor plug him with gauze at halftime. Andrew Krammer,, "A year after his death, ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano’s influence still being felt," 22 July 2019 Little, who hurt his shoulder during a collision on the perimeter while pursuing a steal, watched the bulk of the game from the bench with large gauze wrapped around his shoulder. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers fall 92-87 to Oklahoma City Thunder in Las Vegas Summer League: Live updates recap," 11 July 2019 The ensemble feels heavy-handed next to her simple slideshow of the actual memorial site, projected on a wall through a fluttery curtain of gauze. Christopher Knight,, "Review: In ‘COLA 2019,’ the city of L.A. gives its artists a place to sound off," 18 June 2019 The Arizona Department of Health Services is investigating a Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix where maggots were discovered earlier this week near a surgical incision beneath a patient's gauze bandage. Fox News, "Maggots found under bandage at site of Phoenix patient rape," 15 June 2019 That includes aspirin, bandages in multiple sizes, antibiotic creams, gauze, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, an emergency blanket, bug spray, thermometers, tweezers, and so on. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Everything you need to know to prepare for a natural disaster," 12 July 2019 Next, place your fingers wrapped in clean tissue or gauze, or a cotton swab, on either side of the pimple and gently press around, but not on top of the white tip of the zit. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How to Pop A Pimple Properly, Even Though You Really Shouldn't," 27 June 2019 The 100s streamed in a few hours later, followed by the 200s, and by midmorning some patients had begun exiting the building still slack-jawed from Novocain and carrying to-go packages of bandages, gauze, nasal strips and hand sanitizer. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "‘Urgent needs from head to toe’: This clinic had two days to fix a lifetime of needs," 22 June 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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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


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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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