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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 900-1000
Language: Latin
Origin: emplastrum, from Greek, from emplassein 'to plaster on', from plassein; PLASTIC2

plaster

1 noun
     
plas‧ter1
1 [uncountable]AVSTBC a substance used to cover walls and ceilings with a smooth, even surface. It consists of lime, water, and sand.
2 [uncountable]MH plaster of Paris
plaster
3 [uncountable and countable] British EnglishMH a piece of thin material that is stuck on to the skin to cover a small wound [= bandaid American English]
4

in plaster

British EnglishMH if you have a leg or arm in plaster, you have a plaster cast around it because a bone is broken and needs to be kept in place while it mends
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