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Living bandage

living bandage n.

A bandage or dressing made from skin cells, particularly cells
cultured from a sample of the patient's skin.

Example Citations
Last month he began a new treatment for an ulcer on his big toe which
has failed to heal for five years.

Doctors scraped skin cells from his thigh which were then grown in
the laboratory and are now being applied in a special "living
bandage" on his toe to kick-start natural skin growth. Early
indications are that the ulcer is at last beginning to heal.
--"'Living bandages' offer hope to skin patients," Yorkshire Post,
October 21, 2003

Thousands of patients with severe burns and long-term wounds could
soon be helped by "living bandages" made from their own skin cells,
doctors said today.

The Myskin bandages, which have taken 10 years to develop, are made
by taking a sample of a patient's skin, growing the cells in the lab
and then placing them onto specially-made discs.
--Lyndsay Moss, "The bionic bandage," The Evening Standard (London,
England), April 27, 2004

Earliest Citation
It is common practice in other countries for hospitals to keep a
reserve of human skin on hand, preserved in liquid nitrogen, to be
used in burn emergencies. The grafted skin acts like a living bandage
to prevent infection of the burned area and to allow new skin to form.
--Dan Fisher, "Rigorous rules for medical grafts," Los Angeles Times,
March 16, 1985

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