tampon

tampon

[tam-pon]
noun
1.
a plug of cotton or the like for insertion into an orifice, wound, etc., chiefly for absorbing blood or stopping hemorrhages.
2.
such a plug used for absorbing menstrual flow, especially one that is manufactured commercially.
3.
a two-headed drumstick for playing rolls.
verb (used with object)
4.
to fill or plug with a tampon.

Origin:
1855–60; < French; see tampion

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tampon (ˈtæmpɒn)
 
n
1.  a plug of lint, cotton wool, cotton, etc, inserted into an open wound or body cavity to stop the flow of blood, absorb secretions, etc, esp one inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood
 
vb
2.  (tr) to plug (a wound, etc) with a tampon
 
[C19: via French from Old French tapon a little plug, from tape a plug, of Germanic origin]
 
'tamponage
 
n

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tampon
1848, from Fr. tampon, from M.Fr. tampon "plug" (see tampion). Tampax, proprietary name registered in U.S. 1932, is based on tampon.
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tampon tam·pon (tām'pŏn')
n.
A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to check a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation. v. tam·poned, tam·pon·ing, tam·pons
To plug or stop with a tampon.

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