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gauze

1. 
a. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
b. (as modifier): a gauze veil
2. a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
3. a fine mist or haze
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Gauze

 

a light, transparent, porous, absorbent cotton fabric of plain weave. Gauze is usually bleached, but is occasionally produced in its unbleached state. Primarily intended for surgical dressings, it is also used as interfacing in clothing and as backing for maps.

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gauze

[gȯz]
(materials)
A sheer, loosely woven textile fabric similar to cheesecloth; used for surgical dressings.
A plastic or wire mesh.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gauze

1. Any thin, open-weave, woven fabric; usually transparent.
2. A fine wire cloth; also called lawn.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.