pled·​get ˈple-jət How to pronounce pledget (audio)
: a compress or pad used to apply medication to or absorb discharges (as from a wound)

Word History


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First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pledget was circa 1540

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“Pledget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


pled·​get ˈplej-ət How to pronounce pledget (audio)
: a compress or small flat mass usually of gauze or absorbent cotton that is laid over a wound or into a cavity to apply medication, exclude air, retain dressings, or absorb the matter discharged
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