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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 type of plaster used for covering a cut on your skin

brace

noun

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

braces

noun

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

callipers

noun

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

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

cotton wool

cotton ball

noun

a cotton wool ball

cotton wool

noun

soft cotton used, for example, for cleaning a cut in your skin or removing make-up. The American word is cotton.

cotton wool ball

noun

a small ball of cotton wool, used for cleaning a cut in your skin, removing make-up, or cleaning a baby

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

Elastoplast

a type of plaster used for covering a cut in your skin

eye patch

noun

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

fingerstall

noun

a cover that you wear over an injured finger to protect it

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 ill

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 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 cotton wool 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

sticking plaster

noun

a plaster that you stick on an injured part of your body

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 small piece of cotton or another soft substance used for cleaning injuries

swab

noun

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

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 walking frame

walking frame

noun

a special frame that some people use to help them to walk, for example old or disabled people

walking stick

noun

a stick that some people use to help them to walk

Zimmer frame

a light metal frame that someone old or ill uses to help them walk and stand without falling

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