Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. An adhesive bandage, also called a sticking plaster (and also known by the genericized trademarks Band-Aid or Elastoplast) is a small dressing used for injuries not serious enough to require a full-size bandage. "Band-Aid" is the common American English term, while "plaster" is the term in British English usage. The adhesive bandage protects the cut, e.g. from friction, germs, damage, or dirt. Thus, the healing process of the body is less disturbed. Sometimes they have antiseptic properties.