a small, flat mass of lint, absorbent cotton, or the like, for use on a wound, sore, etc.
Origin of pledget
First recorded in 1530–40; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for pledget
Historical Examples of pledget
After the operation a pledget of cotton dipped in the green ointment described by Rhazes should be placed in the nose.
This pledget should have a string fastened to it, hanging from the nose in order that it may be easily removed.
This pledget should have a string fastened to it, hanging from the nose, in order that it may be easily removed.
After the operation, a pledget of cotton dipped in the green ointment described by Rhazes should be placed in the nose.
Others have used effectively a pledget of cotton soaked in chloroform.
British Dictionary definitions for pledget
a small flattened pad of wool, cotton, etc, esp for use as a pressure bandage to be applied to wounds or sores
Word Origin for pledget
C16: of unknown origin
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A small, flat absorbent pad used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore.
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