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    Idiomaticus is offline Junior Member
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    Hello again. I need info about those masks doctors and nurses wear when they operate.. What is their professional name? Face guards? But what I particularly need is, even if they do have a name, can I call them 'masks' regardless, or doctors get goose pimples because of this, since I don't use their actual name? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiomaticus View Post
    Hello again. I need info about those masks doctors and nurses wear when they operate.. What is their professional name? Face guards?
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    I think most people would call them 'face masks'; your suggested usage of plain 'masks' would be fine. I believe there's a particular sort, with a disposal fabric wad held in place by a metal frame, called 'a martindale' - but check this in a dictionary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiomaticus View Post
    I need info about those masks doctors and nurses wear when they operate..
    I'm not a medical expert, but I think I'd refer to those as "surgical masks" or possibly "medical masks".
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    I agree; 'surgical masks' sounds good to me.

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    Sounds good to me too, since surgeons use knives, not pills.

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