peat moss

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sphag·num moss

a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
Synonym(s): muskeag moss, peat moss

peat moss

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.

peat scours
chronic diarrhea in ruminants grazing pasture on peat-derived soils low in copper and/or high in molybdenum. See also copper nutritional deficiency, molybdenum.
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Normally, sand is combined with an organic amendment like peat moss to improve water and nutrient retention (Junker and Madison, 1967).
An absorbent article for collecting a non-aqueous liquid is made of a low density, hydrophobic, structurally integral board of peat moss material manifesting an affinity for the non-aqueous liquid.
Regardless of the different numbers on the bales they contain the same basic ingredients, peat moss and an amendment called perlite.
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