One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Adhesive sticking plaster for covering cuts and wounds.
bandage, covering, plaster, gauze, lint, compress, ligature, swathe, poultice, salveView synonyms
- ‘The healthcare company has recently got rid of the low-margin products, such as Elastoplast, with which it is most associated.’
- ‘To prevent blisters while on a march use Elastoplast sticky tape.’
- ‘Spectacles held together with Elastoplast and a curry-smeared tie helped round out the character, as did a pair of greying slacks and lilac shirt that clashed violently.’
- ‘Any chance of a couple of Elastoplasts over here?’
- ‘Or will they simply be patched up with a few Elastoplasts, given a packet of Disprin, and sent home to die?’
- ‘Anyway, Elastoplast's bandages release silver ion into the wound fluid, apparently reducing infection risks and accelerating healing.’
- ‘Dad joked that she looked like a big strip of Elastoplast.’
- ‘These are all laudable proposals, but I feel you are attempting to use an Elastoplast to seal a gaping wound.’
- ‘So, after lunch with mum I dragged Andrew out onto the driveway to poke around inside it and see if he could fix the problem which, with the help of some long-nose pliers and a strip of Elastoplast, he did.’
- ‘What is needed is radical surgery - all we're being offered is Elastoplast.’
1920s: from a blend of elastic and plaster.
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