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Bandages, supports and other dressings

bandage

noun

a long thin piece of cloth that you wrap around an injured part of your body

Band-Aid

a piece of tape with a cotton square in the middle, which you stick over a cut on your skin

braces

noun

a pair of metal objects that someone wears around their legs to help them to walk. The British word is callipers.

brace

noun

an object that supports a part of your body and holds it in the correct position after you have injured it

cane

noun

a long thin stick that someone uses to help them walk, especially one with a curved handle

cast

noun

a hard cover for protecting a broken or injured part of the body, such as an arm or leg, while it is getting better

collar

noun

an object that you wear around your neck for medical reasons

compress

noun

a piece of cloth that you press onto an injured part of your body to make it less painful

corset

noun

a special piece of clothing that supports someone’s injured back

cotton

noun

soft cotton used, for example, for cleaning a cut on your skin or removing makeup. The British word is cotton wool.

cotton ball

noun

a small ball of cotton, used for removing makeup, cleaning a cut on your skin, or cleaning a baby

cotton wool

noun

cotton used for cleaning a cut on your skin or removing makeup

cotton wool ball

noun

a cotton ball

crutch

noun

a stick that fits under your arm so that you can lean on it and walk when your leg or foot is injured

dressing

noun

a piece of material used for covering and protecting a skin injury

eye patch

noun

a piece of cloth, plastic, etc. used for covering one eye

first aid kit

noun

a small box or bag with the things that you would need to treat someone if they were injured or suddenly became sick

gypsum

noun

a soft white substance used for making plaster of paris

ice pack

noun

a bag full of ice that you hold against an injured or painful part of your body to stop it from swelling or make it less painful

lint

noun

soft cloth, used for protecting a cut or burn on your skin

pack

noun

a thick mass of cloth that you press on a cut to stop the blood

pantyliner

noun

a thin shaped piece of paper that women wear inside their panties to keep them clean

patch

noun

a cover that you wear over an injured eye

plaster

noun

a thin piece of cloth or plastic that is sticky on one side, and that you put on your skin to cover a cut. The American word is Band-Aid.

plaster cast

noun

a hard cover made from plaster of paris spread over a net, used for holding a broken bone in position while it gets better

plaster of Paris

noun

a white powder that dries quickly when it is mixed with water, and is used for making plaster casts

plug

noun

a small piece of something such as a ball of cotton that you put in your ear or use for stopping blood from flowing from your nose or a cut, etc.

poultice

noun

a soft wet substance that you put on an injury or painful part of someone’s body

sling

noun

a piece of cloth used for supporting your arm if it is injured

splint

noun

a piece of metal, plastic, or wood that is put next to a broken bone to hold it in place while it gets better

staff

noun

a long stick used for making walking easier, used mainly in the past

support

noun

something that you wear to support or protect a part of your body, for example when you are injured or when you are playing a sport

swab

noun

a short narrow stick with a piece of cotton on the end, often used by doctors or nurses

swab

noun

a small piece of cotton or other soft substance used for cleaning injuries

tourniquet

noun

a piece of cloth that is tied very tightly around someone’s leg or arm in order to stop blood from flowing out of a cut

truss

noun

a medical belt worn by someone with a hernia

walker

noun

a special frame that someone uses to help them walk

walking stick

noun

a stick that some people use to help them to walk

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