Absorbent cotton

cotton for surgical dressings, cosmetic purposes, etc., made absorbent by removing the natural wax.
Historical Examples

As she spoke Mrs. Harold took a bit of absorbent cotton, soaked it in rose water and bathed the lovely soft, brown eyes.
Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson

This is removed by placing in water and wiping gently with absorbent cotton.
The Wonder Book of Knowledge Various

He should proceed promptly to boil some pieces of absorbent cotton, as large as an egg, together with a nail brush in water.
The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI) Various

“Bring some absorbent cotton and some bandages, Hutchins,” she said.
Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mr. O’Shea removed the cork and proceeded to draw out incredible quantities of absorbent cotton.
The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.) Various

She went to the door of the small private office; her eyes fell upon a package labeled “absorbent cotton.”
The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond

A package of lint and absorbent cotton was pushed down into his pocket.
The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt

An excellent method is by the use of a swab made by twisting a bit of absorbent cotton upon a wooden toothpick.
The Care and Feeding of Children L. Emmett Holt

If only one nostril is involved, the depressed portion may be held in position by packing that nostril with absorbent cotton.
Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture

The interior was bespattered with blood and partially filled with absorbent cotton which was saturated with gore.
The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt

a US term for cotton wool (sense 1)

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