What does the word bandage mean?

  • This word, with the French, is generally used to express the methodical application of rollers, compresses, &c., Bandaging, Syndesis, to fix an apparatus upon any part, -corresponding to the words deligatio, fasciatio, fasciarum applicatio, epidssis. With us the noun is usually applied to the result of the application, or to the bandage itself ;-a sense in which the French employ the word Bande. Bandages are simple or compound. The simple bandage is equal, if the turns are applied circularly above each other; unequal, if the turns are not accurately applied upon each other. If each turn of the bandage be only covered one-third, it forms the doloire of the French; if the edges touch only slightly, it is the mousse; if the turns are very oblique and separated, it is the spiral or creeping, ( F.) rampant; if folded upon each other, it is termed the reversed, ( F.) renverse. By uniting various kinds of bandaging, we have the compound; and these compound bandages have received various names expressive of their figure, or of the parts to which they are applied, as capistrum, spica, &c. Bandages are divided, also, as regards their uses, into uniting, dividing, retaining, expelling, compressing.

  • It may be made of linen, flannel, or other stuff capable of offering a certain resistance. The two extremities of a bandage are called tails, ( F.) chefs, and the rolled part is termed its head, ( F.) globe. If rolled at both extremities, it is called a double-headed roller or bandage, ( F.) bande a deux globes.

Usage examples for bandage

  1. He applied a temporary bandage while Menkera wiped the foam from the king's lips. – Balthasar And Other Works - 1909 by Anatole France
  2. I couldn't walk with a bandage under my stocking. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  3. Close beside me, on the wet, muddy paving, lay an indescribable bandage that had been unrolled from the lame man's leg. – Lourdes by Robert Hugh Benson

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