noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1540 a compress or pad used to apply medication to or absorb discharges (as from a wound)

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  • Pledget — Pledg et, n. [Prov. E., a small plug.] 1. A small plug. [Prov. End.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A string of oakum used in calking. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) A compress, or small flat tent of lint, laid over a wound, ulcer, or the like, to exclude… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pledget — [plej′it] n. [< ?] a small compress, sometimes medicated, used as a dressing for a wound or sore …   English World dictionary

  • pledget — /plej it/, n. a small, flat mass of lint, absorbent cotton, or the like, for use on a wound, sore, etc. [1530 40; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • pledget — noun A small flat absorbent pad used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore. Pledgets can be made from cotton or wool …   Wiktionary

  • pledget — A tuft of wool, cotton, or lint. * * * pled·get plej ət n a compress or small flat mass usu. of gauze or absorbent cotton that is laid over a wound or into a cavity to apply medication, exclude air, retain dressings, or absorb the matter… …   Medical dictionary

  • pledget — Synonyms and related words: Ace bandage, Band Aid, adhesive tape, application, band, bandage, bandaging, binder, brace, cast, cataplasm, compress, cotton, court plaster, cravat, dressing, elastic bandage, epithem, four tailed bandage, gauze, lint …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pledget — pledʒɪt n. bandage, piece of fabric used to cover a wound …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pledget — [ plɛdʒɪt] noun a small wad of soft material used to staunch a wound. Origin C16: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • pledget — pled·get …   English syllables

  • pledget — n. a small wad of dressing material, such as lint, used either to cover a wound or sore or as a plug. It is also used during operations, mounted on an instrument, to wipe away blood or other fluids …   The new mediacal dictionary

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