AskDefine | Define gauze

Dictionary Definition



1 (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings [syn: gauze bandage]
2 a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave [syn: netting, veiling]

User Contributed Dictionary



From gaze, either from قز or from غزة, a city associated with silk production.


  • /gɔːz/
  • /gO:z/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːz
  • Homophones: gores (non-rhotic accents)


  1. A thin fabric with a loose, open weave.
  2. A similar bleached cotton fabric used as a surgical dressing.
  3. A thin woven metal of plastic mesh.
  4. Wire gauze, used as fence.


thin fabric with open weave
cotton fabric
woven metal or plastic mesh
Wire gauze
  • Spanish: tela metálica.

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Extensive Definition

Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. Its name may derive etymologically from the Persian word for silk, via the Spanish word "gasa".

Uses and types

  • Gauze was originally made of silk. Now used for medical purposes gauze sponges are in high demand.
  • When used in film and theatre, gauze is often fashioned into a scrim.
  • Gauze is also made of cotton, especially for use in bandages. It is especially useful for dressing wounds where other fabrics might stick to the burn or laceration.
  • Modern gauze is sometimes made of synthetic fibers, especially when used in clothing.
  • Gauze can also be made of metal, such as a wire gauze placed on top of a Bunsen burner, used in a safety lamp or spark arrestor, or used as a fence.

See also

gauze in German: Gaze
gauze in French: Gaze
gauze in Italian: Garza
gauze in Japanese: ガーゼ
gauze in Polish: Gaza (medycyna)
gauze in Portuguese: Gaze (medicina)
gauze in Russian: Газ (ткань)
gauze in Swedish: Gas (textil)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Ace bandage, Band-Aid, London fog, London special, adhesive tape, application, band, bandage, bandaging, binder, brace, cast, cataplasm, compress, cotton, court plaster, cravat, dressing, drisk, drizzling mist, elastic bandage, epithem, film, fog, four-tailed bandage, frost smoke, haze, lint, mist, pea soup, pea-soup fog, peasouper, plaster, plaster cast, pledget, poultice, roller, roller bandage, rubber bandage, sling, smog, splint, sponge, stupe, tampon, tape, tent, tourniquet, triangular bandage, vapor
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