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tampon

 [tam´pon]
a pack, pad, or plug made of cotton, sponge, or other material; different types are used to plug the nose, vagina, or other areas for the control of hemorrhage or the absorption of secretions. Superabsorbent tampons worn monthly and inserted roughly can cause ulceration of the vaginal mucosa. Both vaginal and nasal tampons have been implicated in the development of toxic shock syndrome.

tam·pon

(tam'pon),
1. A cylinder or ball of cotton-wool, gauze, or other loose substance; used as a plug or pack in a canal or cavity to restrain hemorrhage, absorb secretions, or maintain a displaced organ in position.
2. To insert such a plug or pack.
[O. Fr.]

tampon

/tam·pon/ (tam´pon) [Fr.] a pack, pad, or plug made of cotton, sponge, or other material, variously used in surgery to plug the nose, vagina, etc., for the control of hemorrhage or the absorption of secretions.

tampon

(tăm′pŏn′)
n.
A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to stop a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
tr.v. tam·poned, tam·poning, tam·pons
To plug or stop with a tampon.

tampon

[tam′pon]
Etymology: Fr, plug
a packed cotton, a sponge, or other material for checking bleeding or absorbing secretions in cavities or canals or for holding displaced organs in position.

tampon

Gynecology A device inserted per vagina to absorb menses. See Toxic shock syndrome.

tam·pon

(tam'pon)
1. A cylinder or ball of cotton wool, gauze, or other loose substance; used as a plug or pack in a canal or cavity to restrain hemorrhage, absorb secretions, or maintain a displaced organ in position.
2. To insert such a plug or pack.

tampon

A cylindrical mop of absorbent material placed in the VAGINA to absorb menstrual blood and allow freedom of activity during the menstrual period.

tam·pon

(tam'pon)
A cylinder or ball of cotton-wool, gauze, or other loose substance; used as a plug or pack in a canal or cavity to restrain hemorrhage, absorb secretions, or maintain a displaced organ in position.

tampon

a pack, pad, or plug made of cotton, sponge or other material, variously used in surgery to plug the nose, vagina, etc., for the control of hemorrhage or the absorption of secretions.