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pledget

[plej-it]
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noun
  1. a small, flat mass of lint, absorbent cotton, or the like, for use on a wound, sore, etc.
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Origin of pledget

First recorded in 1530–40; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for pledget

Historical Examples

  • After the operation a pledget of cotton dipped in the green ointment described by Rhazes should be placed in the nose.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • 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.

    Medieval Medicine

    James J. (James Joseph) Walsh

  • After the operation, a pledget of cotton dipped in the green ointment described by Rhazes should be placed in the nose.

    Medieval Medicine

    James J. (James Joseph) Walsh

  • Others have used effectively a pledget of cotton soaked in chloroform.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley


British Dictionary definitions for pledget

pledget

noun
  1. a small flattened pad of wool, cotton, etc, esp for use as a pressure bandage to be applied to wounds or sores
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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pledget in Medicine

pledget

(plĕjĭt)
n.
  1. A small, flat absorbent pad used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore.
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