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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.
absorbent cotton in which the hairs of the seed of varieties of Gossypium and other allied species are freed from adhering impurities, deprived of fatty matter, bleached, and sterilized; used for tampons and other purposes.
pu·ri·fied cot·ton(pyūri-fīd kotŏn)
Absorbent cotton in which the hairs of the seed of Gossypium are freed from impurities, deprived of fatty matter, bleached, and sterilized.