What does the word cotton mean?
[ Latin] The hair of the seeds of different species of Gossypium, a genus of herbs and shrubs of the Malvaceae; also called Cotton-wool( Lana gossypii). C. deprived of fat and thus rendered capable of absorbing water is Absorbent c. ( Gossypium purificatum U. S., B. P. ). C. is used as a protective dressing for burns, scalds, blisters and other lesions of the skin, and as an aseptic and compressive dressing for operation wounds of all kinds. Absorbent c. is also used to soak up discharges, and as a vehicle for the local application of medicinal agents; hence used for tampons and to arm applicators with, and as a substitute for sponges. C. may also be permanently impregnated with various medicinal agents, as salicylic acid( Salicylated c.), boric acid( Borated c.), iodoform( Iodoform c.), and iron or iron and alum( Haemostatic c.). Gun-c., Collodion-c., see Pyroxylin.
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