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Gauze

[gawz]

Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. Its name may derive etymologically from the Persian word for silk, via the Spanish word "gasa".

Uses and types

  • Gauze was originally made of silk. Now used for medical purposes gauze sponges are in high demand.
  • When used in film and theatre, gauze is often fashioned into a scrim.
  • Gauze is also made of cotton, especially for use in bandages. It is especially useful for dressing wounds where other fabrics might stick to the burn or laceration.
  • Modern gauze is sometimes made of synthetic fibers, especially when used in clothing.
  • Gauze can also be made of metal, such as a wire gauze placed on top of a Bunsen burner, used in a safety lamp or spark arrestor, or used as a fence.

See also

Band-Aid

External links

bandaid

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