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hand covering with a separate sheath for each finger. The earliest gloves, relics of the cave dwellers, closely resembled bags. Reaching to the elbow, they were most probably worn solely for protection and warmth. Although there is some indication of the use of separate fingers in an Egyptian relic, most early gloves were much like mittens, usually of skin with the fur inside. The glove as we know it today dates from the 11th cent. In England after the Norman conquest, gloves, richly jeweled and ornamented, were worn as a badge of distinction by royalty and by church dignitaries. The glove became meaningful as a token; it became custom to fling a gauntlet, the symbol of honor, at the feet of an adversary, thereby challenging his integrity and inviting satisfaction by duel. In the 12th cent. gloves became a definite part of fashionable dress, and ladies began to wear them; the sport of falconry also increased their use. In the 13th cent. the metal gauntlet appeared as a part of armor. Gloves became accessible to the common people, and their popularity grew. Scented gloves, an innovation that was to last until the 18th cent., came into vogue. The 16th and 17th cent. saw extravagantly ornamented gloves; they were of leather, linen, silk, or lace and were jeweled, embroidered, or fringed. After the 17th cent. the emphasis was on proper fit, and gloves were less ornamental. The first known glove maker was in Perth, Scotland, after 1165; a guild of glove makers was incorporated in France in 1190, and one in London c.1600. In the United States, glove making began in 1760 when a settlement of Scottish glovers was established at Gloversville, N.Y.; New York state has since been the center of the glove industry in the United States. Modern gloves are made of fabric, plain or knitted; of leather from almost every variety of animal hide; and of rubber and plastic used in surgical, laboratory, and household work.


See C. C. Collins, Love of a Glove (1945).

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i. The fixed leading portion of a wing root of a variable swept wing. If there is a provision for carrying external stores at this location, it is known as a glove station.
ii. A covering for the hand made of leather or fire-resistant material.
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Sport any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove
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data glove

A glove used to report the position of a user's hand and fingers to a computer. See virtual reality.

The Data Glove
This CyberGlove from Virtual Technologies is an example of a data glove. The wearer is playing a simulated ballgame. As he views the monitor, his hand movements are translated onto the screen via the data gloves. Each of the gloves in the picture contain 18 movement sensors. (Image courtesy of Virtual Technologies, Inc.)
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A system for identifying intra-operative glove perforations has also proved useful.6 A study was carried out to investigate double gloving and a glove perforation indication system in maxillofacial trauma surgery, which shows that the outer glove perforation rate was significantly higher than the inner glove.
Gupta Efficacy of double gloving technique in major and minor oral surgical procedures: A prospective study Ann Maxillofac Surg.
The Copernicus Memorial Hospital in Lodz does not have a glove failure risk classification or double gloving regulations (procedures) for high-risk surgery.
The data reported by Tanner suggest that double gloving minimizes the number of inner glove perforations to 3% [26].
Using indicator surgical gloves may be protective for the surgical team, especially during surgical procedures in risky cases [19], although double gloving systems with indicator are no guarantee to detect perforation.
The studywas of single gloving system as it was the common practice in this hospital.
The keywords used for the searches were 'double gloving', 'single gloving', 'surgical glov*', 'infection control' and 'surgical cross infection'.
Within the theatre environment surgical gloving plays an important role in reducing the risks of transmission of microorganisms by providing a protective barrier which prevents gross contamination of the scrub professional's hands when touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, mucous membranes and non-intact skin (Parish 2006).
This systematic review was carried out to examine the effectiveness of double gloving, triple gloving, indicator systems, glove liners and knitted gloves.
Standard double gloving involves wearing one pair of latex gloves on top of another.
Several professional organizations, including the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommend double gloving in invasive procedures.
The result of the deproteinising process is a softer, suppler gloving category than standard latex gloves, while maintaining the comfort, flexibility, and tactile sensitivity that is associated with natural rubber latex.