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absorbent cotton

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noun
  1. cotton for surgical dressings, cosmetic purposes, etc., made absorbent by removing the natural wax.

Origin of absorbent cotton

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbent cotton

absorbent cotton

noun
  1. a US term for cotton wool (def. 1)
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