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absorbent cotton

noun
1.
cotton for surgical dressings, cosmetic purposes, etc., made absorbent by removing the natural wax.
Origin of absorbent cotton
1885-1890
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90
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  • The toe should be covered with absorbent cotton and a bandage.

  • Smear this over the corns and keep the toes apart with absorbent cotton.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • This is removed by placing in water and wiping gently with absorbent cotton.

  • A package of lint and absorbent cotton was pushed down into his pocket.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • "Bring some absorbent cotton and some bandages, Hutchins," she said.

  • To brighten the eyes, steep good green tea in rose-water, soak bits of absorbent cotton in the liquid, and bind on at night.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • She went to the door of the small private office; her eyes fell upon a package labeled "absorbent cotton."

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • Larger ones may need to be cleaned and treated with some antiseptic ointment and covered with absorbent cotton and adhesive.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • An excellent method is by the use of a swab made by twisting a bit of absorbent cotton upon a wooden toothpick.

  • The interior was bespattered with blood and partially filled with absorbent cotton which was saturated with gore.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for absorbent cotton

absorbent cotton

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