pessary

pessary

[pes-uh-ree]
noun, plural pessaries. Medicine/Medical.
1.
a device worn in the vagina to support a displaced uterus.
2.
a vaginal suppository.
3.
diaphragm ( def 4 ).

Origin:
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

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pessary (ˈpɛsərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  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
2.  a medicated vaginal suppository
 
[C14: from Late Latin pessārium, from Latin pessum, from Greek pessos plug]

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pessary
c.1400, from L.L. pessarium, from Gk. pessarion "medicated tampon of wool or lint," dim. of pessos "pessary," earlier "oval stone used in games," perhaps of Semitic origin.
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pessary pes·sa·ry (pěs'ə-rē)
n.

  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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