[ plej-it ]
/ ˈplɛdʒ ɪt /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pledget


/ (ˈplɛdʒɪt) /


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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Medicine definitions for pledget


[ plĕjĭt ]


A small, flat absorbent pad used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore.
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