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[kon-duh m, kuhn-] /ˈkɒn dəm, ˈkʌn-/
a thin sheath, usually of very thin rubber, worn over the penis during sexual intercourse to prevent conception or sexually transmitted disease.
Origin of condom
1700-10; of obscure origin, but popularly supposed to have been named after an 18th-century English physician, who allegedly devised it Unabridged
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  • Prior to that condoms were made of vulcanized rubber or animal intestines.
  • condoms in damaged packages or past their expiration date should not be used.
  • The problem with condoms is that they don't get used as often as they should.
British Dictionary definitions for condoms


/ˈkɒndɒm; ˈkɒndəm/
a sheathlike covering of thin rubber worn on the penis or in the vagina during sexual intercourse to prevent conception or infection
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for condoms



1706, traditionally named for a British physician during reign of Charles II (a story traceable to 1709), but there is no evidence for that. Also spelled condam, quondam, which suggests it may be from Italian guantone, from guanto "a glove." A word omitted in the original OED (c.1890) and not used openly in the U.S. and not advertised in mass media until November 1986 speech by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop on AIDS prevention. Cf. prophylactic.

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condoms in Medicine

condom con·dom (kŏn'dəm)

  1. A flexible sheath, usually made of thin rubber or latex, designed to cover the penis or vagina during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

  2. A similar device, consisting of a loose-fitting polyurethane sheath closed at one end, that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse.

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