sponge bath



a bath in which the bather is cleaned by a wet sponge or washcloth dipped in water, without getting into a tub of water.

Nearby words

  1. spondyloschisis,
  2. spondylosis,
  3. spondylosyndesis,
  4. sponge,
  5. sponge bag,
  6. sponge cake,
  7. sponge cloth,
  8. sponge down,
  9. sponge iron,
  10. sponge on

Origin of sponge bath

First recorded in 1855–60

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British Dictionary definitions for sponge bath

sponge bath


a washing of the body with a wet sponge or cloth, but without immersion in water
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Medicine definitions for sponge bath

sponge bath


A bath in which a wet sponge or washcloth is used without immersing the body in water.

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