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English Dictionary: plaster cast by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
plaster cast
n
  1. bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
    Synonym(s): cast, plaster cast, plaster bandage
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Plaster \Plas"ter\, n. [AS., a plaster (in sense 1), fr. L.
      emplastrum, Gr. [?], [?], fr. [?] to daub on, stuff in; [?]
      in + [?] to mold: cf. OF. plastre a plaster (in sense 2), F.
      pl[83]tre. Cf. {Plastic}, {Emplaster}, {Piaster}.] [Formerly
      written also {plaister}.]
      1. (Med.) An external application of a consistency harder
            than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen,
            leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the
            ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according
            to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind
            parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking
            plaster.
  
      2. A composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without
            hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and
            partitions of houses. See {Mortar}.
  
      3. Calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when
            ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings,
            etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer.
  
      {Plaster cast}, a copy of an object obtained by pouring
            plaster of Paris mixed with water into a mold.
  
      {Plaster of Paris}. [So called because originally brought
            from a suburb of Paris.] (Chem.) Anhydrous calcium
            sulphate, or calcined gypsum, which forms with water a
            paste which soon sets or hardens, and is used for casts,
            moldings, etc. The term is loosely applied to any plaster
            stone or species of gypsum.
  
      {Plaster of Paris bandage} (Surg.), a bandage saturated with
            a paste of plaster of Paris, which on drying forms a
            perfectly fitting splint.
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