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  • "'A very moderate tourniquet for twenty minutes, Mr Macaulay, if you please,' said Stephen, sewing up the gash, 'and a spica bandage, but by no means tight.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 123

    A Sea of Words: "A bandage formed by wrapping successive overlapping strips of bandaging around a finger, limb, or the chest; so called because the overlaps were thought to give the appearance of an ear of wheat (spica is Latin for ear of grain)." (p. 412–413)

    March 19, 2008