[ gawz ]
/ gɔz /


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

Origin of gauze

First recorded in 1555–65, gauze is from the French word gaze < ?


gauze·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gauze

/ (ɡɔːz) /


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

Word Origin for gauze

C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Medical definitions for gauze

[ gôz ]


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