surgical mask

plural surgical masks

Definition of surgical mask

: a rectangular-shaped face mask (as of fabric or polypropylene fiber) that is typically secured by two straps tied in the back of head and is intended to be worn by medical personnel during surgical procedures especially to protect the wearer against splashes or splatters of blood or body fluid and to prevent contamination of the patient's surgical wounds We all know that the human mouth, in microbiological terms, is one of the filthiest things on the planet. Hence a device that could keep things from falling out of the surgeon's mouth and into a wound would be highly desirable. Enter the surgical mask: simple and relatively cheap.— Howard Seiden On a Thursday afternoon in mid-December, Dr. Roger Ott Sr. pulled on a pair of latex gloves, a surgical mask and a gown, and stepped into the operating room for a routine surgical procedure.— Susan Gwiasda also : a face mask (such as a procedure mask) that resembles a surgical mask It used to be that shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater was the classic panic trigger. Now it's coughing or sneezing. … Until this crisis is over, theaters should hand out surgical masks to all patrons. — John Weeks The fine metal dust that is raised in polishing can be unhealthy if breathed in, so wear a surgical mask while polishing. Reader's Digest Crafts & Hobbies

First Known Use of surgical mask

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Surgical mask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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