Definition of adhesive plaster in English:

adhesive plaster


  • 1A medicated paste containing one or more sticky ingredients, used as a poultice or to attach a dressing or bandage to the skin (now rare).

  • 2(In later use) material used to dress superficial wounds of the skin, consisting of fabric or (later) plastic spread with an adhesive substance; a strip, patch, etc., of such material, now especially one incorporating a gauze dressing.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Daniel Turner (1667–1741), surgeon and physician.