Plaster cast
Plaster Plas"ter, n. [AS., a plaster (in sense 1), fr. L. emplastrum, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to daub on, stuff in; ? in + ? to mold: cf. OF. plastre a plaster (in sense 2), F. pl[^a]tre. Cf. {Plastic}, {Emplaster}, {Piaster}.] [Formerly written also {plaister}.] 1. (Med.) An external application of a consistency harder than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen, leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking plaster. [1913 Webster]

2. A composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions of houses. See {Mortar}. [1913 Webster]

3. Calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings, etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer. [1913 Webster]

{Plaster cast}, a copy of an object obtained by pouring plaster of Paris mixed with water into a mold.

{Plaster of Paris}. [So called because originally brought from a suburb of Paris.] (Chem.) Anhydrous calcium sulphate, or calcined gypsum, which forms with water a paste which soon sets or hardens, and is used for casts, moldings, etc. The term is loosely applied to any plaster stone or species of gypsum.

{Plaster of Paris bandage} (Surg.), a bandage saturated with a paste of plaster of Paris, which on drying forms a perfectly fitting splint.

{Plaster stone}, any species of gypsum. See {Gypsum}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plaster cast — plaster casts 1) N COUNT A plaster cast is a cover made of plaster of Paris which is used to protect a broken bone by keeping part of the body stiff. A few years ago I broke my leg and had a plaster cast on up to my hip. 2) N COUNT A plaster cast …   English dictionary

  • plaster cast — n. 1. a copy or mold of a statue or other object, cast in plaster of Paris 2. Surgery a rigid cast to hold a fractured bone in place and prevent movement, made by wrapping the limb or part with a bandage of gauze soaked in wet plaster of Paris …   English World dictionary

  • plaster cast — n 1.) a cover made from ↑plaster of Paris, put around an arm, leg etc to keep a broken bone in place while it mends = ↑cast 2.) a copy of something that is made of ↑plaster of Paris …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaster cast — plaster ,cast noun count 1. ) a hard cover made from PLASTER OF PARIS spread over a net, used for holding a broken bone in position while it gets better 2. ) a copy of a STATUE, made of PLASTER OF PARIS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plaster cast — n a rigid dressing of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris …   Medical dictionary

  • Plaster cast — This article is on plaster copies made of sculptures and other objects. For the use of plaster casts in medicine, see Orthopedic cast. A plaster cast is a copy made in plaster of another 3 dimensional form, usually a metal or stone sculpture… …   Wikipedia

  • plaster cast — noun a) A cast made of a stiff material (often plaster of Paris and gauze) in order to immobilize a broken bone for the period of healing. The police got a plaster cast of the suspects footprint. b) A copy of a piece of art or other object cast… …   Wiktionary

  • plaster cast — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms plaster cast : singular plaster cast plural plaster casts 1) a hard cover made from plaster of paris spread over a net, used for holding a broken bone in position while it gets better 2) a copy of a statue,… …   English dictionary

  • plaster cast — noun (C) 1 a cover made from plaster of Paris used to keep a broken bone in place while it mends; cast 2 (2) 2 a copy of a statue made of plaster of Paris …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaster cast — noun bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑cast, ↑plaster bandage • Hypernyms: ↑bandage, ↑patch …   Useful english dictionary

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