peat moss(redirected from sphagnum)
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a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
1. Any moss of the large genus Sphagnum whose decomposed and compacted remains form peat. The moss is absorptive and acidic and inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Synonym: sphagnum moss
2. The decomposed and compacted remains of the mosses, used as a soil conditioner and as a dressing for wounds. It has also been used by some primitive people as a form of external menstrual protection. Synonym: sphagnum moss
See also: moss
peat, peat moss
used as bedding for housed cattle and horses and is very absorbent of water.