cotton-wool over the spot

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1) A pad is a fairly thick, flat piece of a material such as cloth or rubber. Pads are used, for example, to clean things, to protect things, or to change their shape.
He withdrew the needle and placed a pad of cotton-wool over the spot.
What is being talked about here? About squeezing out a pimple from skin or about something similar ?

Thank you.
  • Beryl from Northallerton

    Senior Member
    British English
    You may have been giving blood, for example. The nurse ought to cushion the removal of the needle from the vein. Pressure is then kept up on the pad to prevent the formation of a nasty bruise.
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