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Etymology: AS, kald + L, comprimere, to press together
a pad of damp, thickly folded, soft absorbent cloth, dipped into cold water, wrung out, and applied to a body part for the relief of pain or reduction of inflammation or as a comfort measure.
A cloth imbibed with ice-cold water applied locally to relieve pain, stop bleeding and decrease congestion and swelling caused by acute local trauma.
CCs are usually applied intermittently to acutely injured muscle, joints or bone up to 48 hours after the initial trauma.
cold compressOrthopedics CCs are usually applied intermittently to acutely injured muscle, joints or bone, up to 48 hrs after the initial trauma
A soft, absorbent cloth, several layers thick, dipped in cold water, slightly wrung out, and applied to the part being treated. The duration of the application is usually 10 to 20 min.
See also: compress