Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
dry gauze or other material applied to a wound.
a plain dressing containing no medication, applied directly to an incision or a wound to prevent contamination or trauma or to absorb secretions.
A dressing consisting of dry gauze, absorbent cotton, or other dry material.See: Dressings: Dry
See also: dressing
1. any of various materials used for covering and protecting a wound. A pressure dressing is used for maintaining constant pressure, as in the control of bleeding. A protective dressing is applied to shield a part from injury or from septic infection.
2. of a carcass of meat see carcass dressing.
support and pressure bandages not applied to moist wounds.
plastic film placed over medication that has been applied to the skin enhances absorption by trapping moisture, raising skin temperature and concentrating the medication.
see carcass yield.
soaking of a bulky dressing to aid in cleansing, drainage and débridement of a wound. May be applied intermittently or continuously.