American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small flat absorbent pad used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small plug; in surgery, a small flat mass of lint, absorbent cotton, etc., used, for example, to lay over a wound to absorb the matter discharged.
- n. A string of oakum, such as is used in calking the seams of a vessel.
- n. medicine A small flat absorbent pad of cotton or wool, used to medicate, drain, or protect a wound or sore.
- n. A string of oakum used in calking.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. End. A small plug.
- n. (Naut.) A string of oakum used in calking.
- n. (Med.) A compress, or small flat tent of lint, laid over a wound, ulcer, or the like, to exclude air, retain dressings, or absorb the matter discharged.
- English dialect, a small plug. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(Syrian incense), a fir — gum imported from Scio, is melted and allowed to cool in the form of a pledget.”
“I said as she turned up my upper lip and tucked a pledget of plastic under it.”
“In these cases (clearly perceiving that the symptoms were governed by the state of the arms) I applied on the inoculated pustules, and renewed the application three or four times within an hour, a pledget of lint, previously soaked in aqua lythargyri acetati”
“He set to work and made a good job of it, with a pledget of lint and strips of plaister, and meanwhile I speculated as to why, in all these bottles and jars and gallipots, neither nature nor art could contrive to store a drug magistral for the blow that had riven my heart asunder.”
“And so saying, he lighted a little pledget of tow, previously steeped in turpentine, and, popping it into the tin vessel, clapped it on the head.”
“Every day the pledget which remains in the wound is to be drawn towards the most dependent part, so that the dressing in the wound may be daily renewed.”
“If, however, the wound is large, a pledget (_pecia_) of lint, long enough to extend from one end to the other and project a little, is placed in the wound, and over this the exterior portion of the wound is to be carefully sewed, and sprinkled daily with the _pulvis ruber_.”
“Upon the cranium and over the flaps of the scalp, as well as in their angles, the ordinary dressing of albumen is to be applied, covered by a pledget of lint and a suitable bandage.”
“When the intestinal wound is found to be healed, the entire pledget is to be removed and the unhealed openings dressed as in other simple wounds.”
“Then apply a pledget moistened with albumen, a pad and a splint in form of a cross, and over all a long bandage embracing both the arm and the neck and suspending the arm.”
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