cotton for surgical dressings, cosmetic purposes, etc., made absorbent by removing the natural wax.
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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.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
As she spoke Mrs. Harold took a bit of absorbent cotton, soaked it in rose water and bathed the lovely soft, brown eyes.Peggy Stewart at School | Gabrielle E. Jackson
After the limb had been carefully wrapped in absorbent cotton and placed in a larger box, he felt very comfortable.Precious Memories | Various
This is removed by placing in water and wiping gently with absorbent cotton.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
An excellent substitute is absorbent cotton-wool enclosed in gauze (Gamgee tissue).
British Dictionary definitions for absorbent cotton
a US term for cotton wool (def. 1)
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