1 (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings [syn: gauze bandage]
EtymologyFrom gaze, either from قز or from غزة, a city associated with silk production.
thin fabric with open weave
woven metal or plastic mesh
- Spanish: tela metálica.
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- Gauze was originally made of silk.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.
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)
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