absorbent cotton

  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

Words Nearby absorbent cotton

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How to use absorbent cotton in a sentence

  • Legend has it that when the war ended and Kimberly-Clark company executives were looking for new clients for their products, a group of American nurses said they had been using the super absorbent cotton as sanitary pads.

  • They heard that one country was in special need of stretchers, a second absorbent cotton, a third hospital gauze.

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  • As she spoke Mrs. Harold took a bit of absorbent cotton, soaked it in rose water and bathed the lovely soft, brown eyes.

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  • After the limb had been carefully wrapped in absorbent cotton and placed in a larger box, he felt very comfortable.

  • This is removed by placing in water and wiping gently with absorbent cotton.

British Dictionary definitions for absorbent cotton

absorbent cotton

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

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