cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
(mainly Brit) Also called purified cotton. bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc Usual US term absorbent cotton
cotton in the natural state
- Cotton-wool patches
cotton-wool patches pl.n. Accumulations of cytoplasmic debris in the retina that appear as white opacities and are especially seen in hypertensive retinopathy. Also called cotton-wool spots.
[kot-n-ee] /ˈkɒt n i/ adjective 1. of or like ; soft. 2. covered with a down or nap resembling .
- Cottony-cushion scale
[kot-n-ee koo sh-uh n] /ˈkɒt n i ˈkʊʃ ən/ noun 1. a scale insect, Icerya purchasi, native to Australia, now a common pest in the citrus-growing regions of California. noun 1. a small scale insect, Icerya purchasi, that is a pest of citrus trees in California: it is controlled by introducing an Australian ladybird, Rodolia […]
/ˈkɒtəs/ noun 1. a scorpaenoid fish of the family Cottidae; the type genus, having four yellowish knobs on its head See also cottid