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#120310 - 01/17/04 04:14 PM pledget Joined: Jan 2001
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The amount of absorbent cotton the dentist picks up with a pair of curved forceps to mop out gunk from a root canal.
In OR the 2x2 gauze square the surgeon uses for minor blunt dissection,etc.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
Definition: \Pledg"et\, n. [Prov. E., a small plug.]
1. A small plug. [Prov. End.]
2. (Naut.) A string of oakum used in calking.
3. (Med.) A compress, or small flat tent of lint, laid over a
wound, ulcer, or the like, to exclude air, retain
dressings, or absorb the matter discharged.
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