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[pes-uh-ree] /ˈpɛs ə ri/
noun, plural pessaries. Medicine/Medical
a device worn in the vagina to support a displaced uterus.
a vaginal suppository.
diaphragm (def 4).
Origin of pessary
1350-1400; Middle English pessarie < Late Latin pessārium a suppository, equivalent to Latin pess(um), pess(us) (< Greek pessós oval stone used in a game) + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pessary


noun (med) (pl) -ries
a device for inserting into the vagina, either as a support for the uterus or (diaphragm pessary) to deliver a drug, such as a contraceptive
a medicated vaginal suppository
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin pessārium, from Latin pessum, from Greek pessos plug
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Word Origin and History for pessary

c.1400, from Late Latin pessarium, from Greek pessarion "medicated tampon of wool or lint," diminutive of pessos "pessary," earlier "oval stone used in games," perhaps of Semitic origin.

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pessary in Medicine

pessary pes·sa·ry (pěs'ə-rē)

  1. Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum.

  2. A contraceptive diaphragm.

  3. A medicated vaginal suppository.

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