When you break your leg or any of your appendages you get a binding, you know, the white thing to fix your arm or leg. What is that called?

I find the words gypsum, cast and plastery in the dictionary but from searching pictures on Google these don't seem to be the right words. (Also, in what context do you use these?)

I want to find a picture on Google where a group of people got these bindings on their legs, arms, necks, etc. What is the right word?

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    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:28
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Generally, that "white thing" is called a cast (see definition 6c).

A rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part.

Like this:


  • thanks. Now, what is the best term to search a group of people in casts ? If I use the terms "group cast" google find a bunch of movie related pictures, none of them in cast !
    – kissgyorgy
    Mar 10, 2012 at 21:40
  • @Walkman It is unlikely that you will find such an image; it's not a very common thing to search for. Does it need to be a group?
    – user11550
    Mar 10, 2012 at 21:41
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    @Walkman: Is that your real question, to find a group of people in casts? and so what term to use to search for it? Do you think there are ofte people with casts who hang out together? Search for 'patient osteopathy'. (as an aside, 'cast' also means the group of players in a theatrical performance)
    – Mitch
    Mar 10, 2012 at 21:46
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    Also it can be called a plaster cast, which might help searching, next time. Mar 10, 2012 at 22:16
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    I love how your example of the "white thing" is red. :) Jul 31, 2012 at 0:05

It's a cast, often made of plaster or fiberglass.

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