plaster cast


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plaster cast

n.
1. A sculptured mold or cast in plaster of Paris.
2. See cast.

plaster cast

Etymology: Gk, emplastron, plaster; ONorse, kasta
a traditional cast used to encase and immobilize a part of the body, made from a gauze roll impregnated with plaster of paris. The gauze is dipped in warm water and wrapped around the body part. Modern casts are often made of materials such as fiberglass or plastic instead of plaster of paris.

plaster cast

See CAST.

plaster

1. a mixture of materials that hardens; used for immobilizing or making impressions of body parts.
2. an adhesive substance spread on fabric or other suitable backing material, for application to the skin, often containing some medication, such as an anodyne or rubefacient.

plaster cast
see cast (5).
plaster of Paris
calcium sulfate dihydrate, reduced to a fine powder; the addition of water produces a porous mass used in making casts and bandages to support or immobilize body parts.
plaster rolls
the dry material for constructing plaster casts is packaged as rolls of impregnated gauze which is thoroughly soaked in water before being applied by unrolling around the site of the fracture.
plaster shears
special shears to cut plaster of Paris casts. Designed to cut upwards away from the tissues to avoid injury. Called also plaster scissors, Esmarch plaster shears.
plaster spreader
a reverse pincer device with flat blades that are fitted down into a cut made in a plaster cast that is to be removed. Opening the handles forces the plaster apart.
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When a plaster cast set-up is carried out in the laboratory, the aligners CAA-soft, CAA-medium and CAA-hard are carried out, but CAA Bubbles can also be made so when the patient can use it during the fourth week and achieve greater movement.
Staff at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, then put a plaster cast on his right leg.
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The 24-year-old singer, who has dismissed reports that she has enhanced boobs, is donating the plaster cast of her ample 32DD chest to raise money for the Keep a Breast Foundation.
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One of the younger vets to show up was Dirk Ortega, who came in a wheelchair, his left foot and leg in a plaster cast from what he said was a service-related injury.
A teenager was caught with cannabis hidden in his plaster cast as he visited a friend in Parc Prison.
Pictured left, Paul Blackman and Neil White from Phoenix Bronze Art are seen preparing to make a plaster cast of the flank section.
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