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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).


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.


Sport any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove
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Double gloving protecting surgeons from blood contamination in the operating room.
7 CM Avery, J Taylor, P A Johnson Double gloving and a system for identifying glove perforation in maxillofacial trauma surgery Br J oral and max surg 1999.
To reduce the risk of cross infection during surgery, surgical members are required to perform a regime of scrubbing and sterile gowning; gloving is an imperative part of this process.
A double gloving puncture indication system works by the use of two gloves: a green coloured inner glove and a cream coloured outer glove.
Al-Maiyah et al (2005) feels that double gloving should be considered for activities associated with a high risk of skin punctures, especially orthopaedic or dental surgery, where sharp pieces of bone or teeth are most likely to cause injury.
A Cochrane review of surgical gloves found that the overall perforation rate from nine high quality trials of single gloving was 9% (413/4477) (Tanner & Parkinson 2006).
It is seen by Lefebvre et al (2008) that double gloving gives the practitioner extra protection when a needlestick injury occurs, as the two layers of latex act to wipe off a substantial amount of blood or other bodily fluid that may be on the sharp as it passes through the gloves.
Standard double gloving involves wearing one pair of latex gloves on top of another.
Nine percent (413/4,381) of single gloves were perforated compared with 11% (457/4,150) of outer gloves in the double gloving group.
Five trials compared the number of perforations detected by glove wearers during surgery in standard double gloving versus indicator systems (Duron 1996, Nicolai 1997, Avery 1999a, Laine 2001, Laine 2004a).
This comparison studies the number of perforations sustained in inner gloves when comparing standard double gloving against double gloving with an additional glove liner.
The meta-analysis found that 28% (30/107) of inner gloves in the double gloving group were perforated compared with 1% (3/228) of inner gloves in the double gloving plus liner group.