Absorbent Cotton

ABSORBENT COTTON
Raw cotton treated in such a manner with hot chemical solutions that all fats and adulterants are removed and thus producing a clear pure lint which is used for surgical work. It absorbs moisture rapidly, taking up from 18 to 20 times its own weight. This type is better termed "purified cotton", and is quite free from all visible impurities. On combustion, leaves not more than 0.3 per cent of ash. When compressed in the hand, and thrown on water, it rapidly absorbs the water and sinks. The finest grades of cotton are not used for this purpose owing to the fibres being too long. The stock best suited, appears to be the middling grades of Alien Seed, Texas, New Orleans, Mobile and Benders. Care is exetcised to select cotton free from fragments of hulls and other impurities.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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  • absorbent cotton — n cotton made absorbent by chemically freeing it from its fatty matter * * * purified cotton [USP] cotton that has been purified, freed from fatty matter, bleached, and sterilized; used as a surgical dressing …   Medical dictionary

  • absorbent cotton — ☆ absorbent cotton n. raw cotton made absorbent by the removal of its wax: used for surgical dressings, etc …   English World dictionary

  • absorbent cotton — noun cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax • Hypernyms: ↑cotton, ↑cotton fiber, ↑cotton wool, ↑absorbent material, ↑absorbent * * * abˌsorbent ˈcotton 7 [absorbent cotton] …   Useful english dictionary

  • absorbent cotton — cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax; fluff of unprocessed cotton …   English contemporary dictionary

  • absorbent cotton — cotton for surgical dressings, cosmetic purposes, etc., made absorbent by removing the natural wax. [1885 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • cotton-wool — n Brit ABSORBENT COTTON * * * cot·ton wool (kotґən wool) raw nonabsorbent cotton, especially the absorbent form prepared by removing the cottonseed oil …   Medical dictionary

  • Cotton wool — consists of silky fibers taken from cotton plants in their raw state. Impurities, such as seeds, are removed and the cotton is then bleached and sterilized. It is also a refined product ( absorbent cotton in U.S. usage) which has medical,… …   Wikipedia

  • cotton batting — ☆ cotton batting n. thin, pressed layers of fluffy, absorbent cotton, used for surgical dressing, quilting, etc …   English World dictionary

  • cotton batting — absorbent cotton pressed into pads or layers for use in dressing wounds, filling quilts, etc. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • cotton batting — absorbent cotton pressed into pads or layers for use in dressing wounds, filling quilts, etc. [1820 30, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

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