Definition of pledget
: a compress or pad used to apply medication to or absorb discharges (as from a wound)
Origin and Etymology of pledget
First Known Use: circa 1540See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of pledget
: 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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