gossypiboma etymology

English word gossypiboma comes from English cotton, Latin gossypium (Cotton wool, cotton.), English boma, English concealment

Detailed word origin of gossypiboma

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cotton English (eng) (countable) An item of clothing made from cotton.. (textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant.. A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.. Gossypium, a genus of plant used as a source of cotton fiber. Made of cotton. To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
gossypium Latin (lat) Cotton wool, cotton.
boma English (eng) (East African) A military or police post or magistracy.. A hide.. A hut.. A method of composting.. A stockade made of bushes and thorns.. A type of fertilizer rich in animal dung.. An enclosure usually made of thorn bushes, and latterly of steel fencing, for protection from marauders.
concealment English (eng) (military) protection from observation or surveillance.. The condition of being hidden or concealed.. The practice of keeping secrets.
gossypiboma English (eng) (surgery) A gauze or surgical sponge forgotten inside a patient's body after surgery.