- cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
- British. .
- Also called: purified cotton mainly British bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etcUsual US term: absorbent cotton
- cotton in the natural state
- British informal
- a state of pampered comfort and protection
- (as modifier)a cotton-wool existence