Pledget

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pledget (Med) A compress, or small flat tent of lint, laid over a wound, ulcer, or the like, to exclude air, retain dressings, or absorb the matter discharged.
    • Pledget A small plug.
    • Pledget (Naut) A string of oakum used in calking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pledget A small plug; in surgery, a small flat mass of lint, absorbent cotton, etc., used, for example, to lay over a wound to absorb the matter discharged.
    • n pledget A string of oakum, such as is used in calking the seams of a vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pledget plejā€²et a wad of lint, cotton, &c., as for a wound or sore: an oakum string used in caulking.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E., a small plug

Usage

In literature:

A necessary factor in the treatment is the employment of pledgets of antiseptic tow.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
Associated Words: antiseptic, slough, proud flesh, poultice, salve, ointment, pledget, spleget.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
In the lower angle of the wound a pledget of lint for drainage purposes was inlaid.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
A pledget of tow, saturated with tar and sprinkled with powdered sulphate of copper, should be inserted between the claws.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Withdraw the needle and press a pledget of cotton-wool over the puncture to ensure closure of the aperture in the vein wall.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Finally a pledget of dry cotton should be loosely packed into the ear passage, and worn by the patient for twelve or twenty-four hours.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The after-treatment consists in tamponing the wound with pledgets of iodoform gauze or a mixture of iodoform 1 part and glycerin 4 parts.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Others have used effectively a pledget of cotton soaked in chloroform.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
In six hours the bandage was to be taken off, and the pledget allowed to drop spontaneously.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Tarnier advises dressing the vulva, so soon as the head begins to emerge, with a pledget soaked in carbolized oil (1:10).
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The flow of blood may be readily stopped by means of a pledget of tow and a string, as in bleeding the horse.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
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