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(building construction)
A strap, band, ring, or chain placed around a structure to secure and hold its parts together, as around the springing of a dome.
Rubber ribbon about 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide for temporarily protecting a telephone or coaxial splice from moisture.
A strip of gauze, muslin, flannel, or other material, usually in the form of a roll, but sometimes triangular or tailed, used to hold dressing in place, to apply pressure, to immobilize a part, to support a dependent or injured part, to obliterate tissue cavities, or to check hemorrhage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a soft or rigid material used to secure a dressing on a wound (protective bandage), create pressure on a part of the body to halt venous bleeding (pressure bandage), or keep an injured part of the body, usually an extremity, in the necessary position (immobilizing bandage).

Protective and pressure bandages are usually applied from a roll of gauze over a sterile dressing of gauze or cotton placed on a wound. Several types of protective bandages can be used, depending on the topography of the part of the body to be bandaged. Examples are circular, figure-of-8, and spica bandages. Cleol (a composite of rosin, ethyl alcohol, ether, and sunflower oil) and adhesive bandages can also be used to secure a dressing. An immobilizing bandage is ordinarily used for a fracture or extensive injury to soft tissue and can be made of wood, wire, or plastic. Such a bandage is called a splint, and the procedure for applying it splinting. The application of bandages is a first-aid procedure.

Inflatable coverings—pneumatic splints that uniformly encircle and immobilize the body—are used for prolonged and difficult transport of a victim (for example, from a mine) and for the immobilization of the extremities or the entire body. Plaster casts are commonly used for fractures.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does it mean when you dream about a bandage?

The sense of being hurt, either physically or emotionally. It can also represent the sense of healing.

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


A strap, band, ring, or chain placed around a structure to secure and hold its parts together, as around the springing of a dome.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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According to J&J, the Activ-Flex adhesive bandage is designed to mold to the skin and create a moist environment to promote healing.
is rolling out the Curad spray bandage, a spray designed to comfortably cover cuts and scrapes on all different body parts, including areas where it is difficult to apply traditional adhesive bandages, including knuckles, knees, elbows and feet.
The first Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages reached store shelves in 1921, but they did not catch on with consumers at first.
This spring 3M will move into the nonpremium adhesive bandage market when it introduces Nexcare Ultra Sheer bandages.
The company's wart remover is a medicated cartoon-character-decorated adhesive bandage that can be easily applied to the affected area.
For wounds on knuckles and fingertips it is easier to apply than a regular adhesive bandage. Consumers do not have to worry about the product coming off in a shower or bath, and they do not have to pull it off when the wound has healed.
-- "Introducing innovative products is the most productive way to build adhesive bandage category sales," says Sharon Holubek, product director for Band-Aid brand adhesive Bandages at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Co.
According to the company, the liquid product offers a number of advantages over a traditional adhesive bandage. It can be easily applied to such hard-to-bandage spots as fingertips or knuckles, it does not come off in the shower or bath, and it does not have to be painfully pulled off.
"The children's segment has really expanded the whole adhesive bandage category," says Jolene Flavin, brand manager for 3M Consumer and Professional Health Care, which last month added products decorated with images of Disney princesses, dinosaurs and the cartoon character Curious George to its line of Nexcare waterproof bandages.
To treat a cut, stop the bleeding with a tissue or compress and cover the cut with an adhesive bandage or protective plaster.