Lint, in surgery, signifies linen scraped so as to form a soft woolly substance, which is employed in dressing wounds. It is made into various forms, denominated according to the shape of which they consist. Thus, if it be oval, it is called a pledget; and, if cylindrical, it is termed a dossil.
The purposes to which lint is applied, are, 1, To prevent the flow of blood in fresh wounds, by filling them with this absorbent substance, before a bandage can be applied ; 2. To promote the healing of wounds, especially when spread with some digestive ointment, or balsam ; 3. For drying wounds and ulcers ; 4. To keep them open, in order that the lips may not close before the interior part is perfectly healed ; and, lastly, to preserve wounds from the hurtful influence of the air.— Trifling as lint may appear, it is an article of considerable utility, and with which every family should always be provided, to serve in case of sudden emergency.