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[ban-dij] /ˈbæn dɪdʒ/
a strip of cloth or other material used to bind up a wound, sore, sprain, etc.
anything used as a band or ligature.
verb (used with object), bandaged, bandaging.
to bind or cover with a bandage:
to bandage the ankles of a football player to prevent sprains.
verb (used without object), bandaged, bandaging.
to put a bandage on a wound, sprain, etc.:
Apply some iodine before you bandage.
Origin of bandage
From Middle French, dating back to 1590-1600; See origin at band2, -age
Related forms
bandager, noun
rebandage, verb (used with object), rebandaged, rebandaging.
unbandage, verb (used with object), unbandaged, unbandaging.
well-bandaged, adjective
1. dressing, binding, compass. Unabridged
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  • First, I got a bandage on my wound, to stop the bleeding, and then I had an opportunity to look about me.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Evelyn slipped the bandage, and her eyes rested on Maltravers!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Be soothed, my son; I meant not to tear the bandage from thy wounds.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She would then proceed to bandage it to the best of her ability.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • Capen bent over him and gently moved the bandage on his face.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for bandage


a piece of material used to dress a wound, bind a broken limb, etc
a strip of any soft material used for binding, etc
to cover or bind with a bandage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from band strip, band²
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Word Origin and History for bandage

1590s, from Middle French bandage (16c.), from Old French bander "to bind," from bande "a strip" (see band (n.1)).


1774, from bandage (n.). Related: Bandaged; bandaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bandage in Medicine

bandage band·age (bān'dĭj)
A strip of material such as gauze used to protect, immobilize, compress, or support a wound or injured body part. v. band·aged, band·ag·ing, band·ag·es
To apply a bandage to.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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