One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Surgical dressing consisting of a thickness of cotton wool between two layers of gauze.
- ‘The gamgee or cotton wool padding should be applied over the top of this layer, and secured in place with a conforming cotton bandage.’
- ‘On returning home she attempted to light a cigarette and her gamgee eye pad ignited.’
Late 19th century: named after Joseph S. Gamgee (1828–86), English surgeon.
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