- 1. A piece of cloth or other material, of varying shape and size, applied to a body part to provide compression, protect from external contamination, prevent drying, absorb drainage, prevent motion, and retain surgical dressings. 2. To cover a body part by application of a b..- adhesive b. a dressing of plain absorbent gauze affixed to plastic or fabric coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive.- Barton b. a figure-of-8 b. supporting the mandible below and anteriorly; used in mandibular fracture.- cravat b. a b. made by bringing the point of a triangular b. to the middle of the base and then folding lengthwise to the desired width.- crucial b. a b. in the shape of a cross; e.g., a T-b..- Desault b. a b. for fracture of the clavicle; the elbow is bound to the side, with a pad placed in the axilla.- figure-of-8 b. a b. applied alternately to two parts, usually two segments of a limb above and below the joint, in such a way that the turns describe the figure 8; a specific b. used for treatment of fractures of the clavicle.- four-tailed b. a strip of cloth split in two except for a central portion placed under the chin, with four tails tied over the head; used to limit motion of the mandible.- hammock b. a b. for retaining dressings on the head : the dressings are covered by a wide gauze strip, the ends of which are brought down over the ears and held while a narrow circular b. is passed around the head; the ends of the gauze strip are then turned up over the circular b. and other turns are made securing them firmly.- immovable b. a b. of cloth impregnated with plaster of Paris, liquid glass, or the like, which hardens soon after its application.- Martin b. a roller b. of soft rubber used to provide compression to a limb in the treatment of varicose veins or ulcers.- plaster b. a roller b. impregnated with plaster of Paris and applied moist; used to make a rigid dressing for a fracture or diseased joint.- roller b. a strip of material, of variable width, rolled into a compact cylinder to facilitate its application.- scarf b. SYN: triangular b..- Scultetus b. a large oblong cloth, the ends of which are cut into narrow strips, which is applied to the thorax or abdomen, the strips being tied or overlapped and pinned.- spica b. successive strips of material applied to the body and the first part of a limb, or to the hand and a finger, which overlap slightly in a V to resemble an ear of grain. [L. spica, ear of grain]- T-b. SYN: T-binder.- triangular b. a piece of cloth cut in the shape of a right-angled triangle, used as a sling. SYN: scarf b..- Velpeau b. a b. that serves to immobilize arm to chest wall, with the forearm positioned obliquely across and upward on front of chest.
* * *ban·dage 'ban-dij n a strip of fabric used to cover a wound, hold a dressing in place, immobilize an injured part, or apply pressure see CAPELINE, ESMARCH BANDAGE, PRESSURE BANDAGE, SPICA, VELPEAU BANDAGEbandage vb, ban·daged; ban·dag·ing vt to bind, dress, or cover with a bandage <\bandage a wound> <\bandage a sprained ankle> vi to apply a bandageban·dag·er n
* * *n.a piece of material, in the form of a pad or strip, applied to a wound or used to bind around an injured or diseased part of the body.
* * *ban·dage (banґdəj) 1. a strip or roll of gauze or other material for wrapping or binding any part of the body. 2. to cover by wrapping with a strip of gauze or other material. See also dressing and strapping.
Various types of bandages.
Medical dictionary. 2011.