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[tam-pon] /ˈtæm pɒn/
a plug of cotton or the like for insertion into an orifice, wound, etc., chiefly for absorbing blood or stopping hemorrhages.
such a plug used for absorbing menstrual flow, especially one that is manufactured commercially.
a two-headed drumstick for playing rolls.
verb (used with object)
to fill or plug with a tampon.
Origin of tampon
1855-60; < French; see tampion Unabridged
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  • Feeling that we should shortly get the order to advance, I resolved to secure some souvenir of tampon, as we called him.

    Mated from the Morgue John Augustus O'Shea
British Dictionary definitions for tampon


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
(transitive) to plug (a wound, etc) with a tampon
Derived Forms
tamponage, noun
Word Origin
C19: via French from Old French tapon a little plug, from tape a plug, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for tampon

1848, from French tampon, from Middle French tampon "plug" (see tampion). Tampax, proprietary name registered in U.S. 1932, is based on tampon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tampon in Medicine

tampon tam·pon (tām'pŏn')
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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