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a dressing that is applied moist with saline and allowed to dry before it is removed.
wet-to-dry dress·ing(wet-drī dres'ing)
A dressing that is applied moist with saline and allowed to dry before it is removed.
A dressing consisting of gauze moistened with prescribed solution (e.g., sterile saline) applied directly and conforming to the wound and covered with dry gauze pads and a bandage. Gentle removal of the dressing after it has dried provides some degree of débridement of the wound; the process is then repeated at intervals.
See also: dressing