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Forensic pathology A popular term for a broad sheet of epidermis, especially of the hands and feet, which may include the fingernails that slough from bodies immersed in water for prolonged periods, a phenomenon that occurs more rapidly in warm water
Infectious control A disposable sheath composed of latex or plastic used to cover an examiner’s hands during many phases of patient management to minimise the risk of transmitting pathogens either from the patient to the health care provider, or, for patients in reverse isolation, from the provider to the patient
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Infectious control A disposible sheath composed of latex or plastic used to cover an examiner's hands during many phases of Pt management to minimize the risk of transmitting pathogens either from the Pt to the health care provider or, for Pts in reverse isolation, from the provider to the Pt. See Hand washing, Personal protection garment.
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A protective covering for the hand. In medical care the glove is made of a flexible impervious material that permits full movement of the hand and fingers. Gloves are used to protect both the operative site from contamination with organisms from the health care worker and the health care worker from contamination with pathogens from the patient.


It is not advisable to wash gloves and wear them again while treating another patient.

double glove

The wearing of two pairs of gloves during invasive procedures to decrease the likelihood of direct contact between the surgeon and the patient. Similarly: “triple glove.”

edema control glove

An elastic pressure-gradient glove designed to facilitate tissue healing following hand injury.

surgical glove

A sterile glove worn to prevent contamination of the patient during invasive procedures and to protect the hand from exposure to potentially infectious materials.

thermally insulated glove

A glove that provides protection against frostnip and frostbite.
See: Sterile Gloves, Open Method
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Fingerprints were not even taken from the door which the gloveless robber pushed open.
Her ability to look like a self-made woman in spite of being to the manor born was as crucial to her modernity and her "common touch" as her celebrated gloveless openness.
Replicating the masculinist discourse of Dominican ballplayers, the residents called their medical practice "bare-handed," proudly asserting that (literally often gloveless) "we work with our hands" and that "the primary virtue of a man is his adaptability."(16) U.S.
"But didn't she know we all had something?" she wonders when her mother pities the "poor boys" from the "deaf and dumb school." "Experimentally" withdrawing a hand from her glove to feel how cold it is for the gloveless, gesturing boys, she already anticipates the mature writer's impassioned objectivity.
With gloveless fingers, cold and numb, faces bleached and blistered by the cutting winds, feet frost-bitten through none-to-sturdy shoes, and clothes that to the zero weather were but a mockery, 200 boys and girls went into the fourth day of their boycott march .
I would rather take my chances gloveless. Intact skin has been shown to be an effective barrier against HIV-there are no reported cases of HIV seroconversion after contamination of intact skin.
Singota's completely gloveless, robotic aseptic manufacturing service is ideally suited for the production of clinical and niche commercial injectable products in vial, syringe, and cartridges formats.
in the heart of the fallen pine, try to free it with your gloveless
A day with 3ft of cleared snow on the edge of the pitch and a Newcastle team defiantly gloveless - compared to eight southern softies from Stamford Bridge who had mitts on.
I got annoyed with Parker's inability to do up her jacket or keep her gloveless hand warm in her pocket.
Just ten degrees out, Bobby was coatless, hatless, and gloveless, but even as bundled up as Faisal was, his rabbit-furlined hat pulled down over his eyes and his Army green scarf hiding much of his mouth, I recognized him immediately.
Word started leaking during the game that Savard had bitten the finger of Carcillo, who - interestingly enough - was showing off his gloveless hand to the officials before taking a seat on the bench.