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Oxidised cellulose

oxidised cellulose

(Science: surgery) cellulosic acid in the form of an absorbable gauze which is used as a haemostatic in operations where ligation is not feasible (capillary or venous bleeding from small vessels) because cellulosic acid has a pronounced affinity for haemoglobin and produces an artificial clot.

It is a sterile absorbable substance prepared by the oxidation of cotton containing not less than 16% and not more than 22% of carboxyl.

See: oxycellulose.


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