absorbable cotton

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


1. a plant of the genus Gossypium.
2. a textile material derived from the seeds of this plant.
absorbable cotton oxidized cellulose.
absorbent cotton (purified cotton) cotton freed from impurities, bleached, and sterilized; used as a surgical dressing.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Postoperative bleeding and nasal cavity adhesion in the vesicated mucous membrane of the nasal cavity and affected region were prevented by the placement of absorbable cotton, which was removed after 1 or 2 weeks.