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Topic: MEDICINE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: compresse, from compresser 'to compress', from Late Latin compressare; COMPRESS1

compress

2 noun
     
com‧press2 [countable]
MH a small thick piece of material that you put on part of someone's body to stop blood flowing out or to make it less painful
cold/hot compress
Apply a cold compress to the injury.
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