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noun A sterilised cloth used to mark off an operative field
verb To cover an operative field with sterilised drapes before performing a surgical procedure.
Oscar Wilde, silver-tongued wit of Victorian England, has been misquoted as saying, Either those drapes go or I do, on his deathbed. Other sources quote him as The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.