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Etymology: AS, hat + L, comprimere, to press together
a heated pad of damp, thickly folded cloth applied to an area to reduce pain or inflammation. See also fomentation.
A locally applied cloth imbibed with hot water, which is analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative and vasodilatory.
hot com·press(hot kom'pres)
A pad of flannel or gauze wrung out of hot water or physiologic saline and firmly applied to a body surface to promote local pain relief, muscular relaxation, or pointing of an abscess.
A soft, absorbent cloth folded into several layers, dipped in hot water 107° to 115°F (41.7° to 46.1°C), barely wrung out, and placed on the part to be treated. It is covered with a piece of cloth.
See also: compress