- The material applied, or the application itself of material, to a wound for protection, absorbance, drainage, etc.- adhesive absorbent d. a sterile individual d. consisting of a plain absorbent compress affixed to a film of fabric coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive.- antiseptic d. a sterile d. of gauze impregnated with an antiseptic.- bolus d. SYN: tie-over d..- fixed d. a d. stiffened with a substance that produces immobilization when it dries.- Lister d. the first type of antiseptic d., one of gauze impregnated with carbolic acid.- pressure d. a d. by which pressure is exerted on the area covered to prevent the collection of fluids in the underlying tissues; most commonly used after skin grafting and in the treatment of burns.- tie-over d. a d. placed over a skin graft or other sutured wound and tied on by the sutures which have been left of sufficient length for that purpose. SYN: bolus d..- water d. an application of gauze or other material that is kept wet with sterilized water or saline solution.- wet-to-dry d. a d. that is applied moist with saline and allowed to dry before it is removed.
* * *dress·ing -iŋ n a covering (as of ointment or gauze) applied to a lesion
* * *n.material applied to a wound or diseased part of the body, with or without medication, to give protection and assist healing.
* * *dress·ing (dresґing) 1. any of various materials for covering and protecting a wound. See also bandage. 2. the putting on of clothing.
Medical dictionary. 2011.