cotton wool


  1. cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
  2. British. absorbent cotton.


  1. 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
  2. cotton in the natural state
  3. British informal
    1. a state of pampered comfort and protection
    2. (as modifier)a cotton-wool existence

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