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  1. any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
  2. a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
  3. any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
  4. a thin haze.
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Origin of gauze

First recorded in 1555–65, gauze is from the French word gaze < ?
Related formsgauze·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gauze


    1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
    2. (as modifier)a gauze veil
  1. a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
  2. any thin openwork material, such as wire
  3. a fine mist or haze
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Word Origin

C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Word Origin and History for gauze


1560s, gais, from French gaze, conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne].

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gauze in Medicine


  1. A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.
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