condom

noun
con·​dom | \ ˈkän-dəm, ˈkən-, dialectal -drəm\

Definition of condom 

1 : a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)
2 : a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

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Studies show that condom use is lackluster among both women and men. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 Last year a rumor spread that there were even pumpkin spice condoms. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Can Anything Stop Pumpkin Spice?," 31 Aug. 2018 Investigators began monitoring Miller and searched the 59-year-old’s trash in order to collect three used condoms. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Indiana man arrested in 1988 rape, murder of 8-year-old girl after DNA match found on used condoms, cops say," 16 July 2018 Virtually every single condom-snorting article mentions it—if not starts and ends by invoking the sudsy trend. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "The Condom Snorting Challenge Is Tide Pods' Final Revenge," 4 Apr. 2018 Promoting condom use has clearly been effective in reducing rates of HIV/AIDS infection. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 Men still have basically three options: condoms, vasectomies, and the pull-and-pray (the latter, for most, is not a great option). Danielle Friedman, Glamour, "Why Male Birth Control Should Exist, According to These Four Men," 20 Aug. 2018 The bathrooms and most of the house's flat surfaces were stocked with Lifestyles condoms, Summer's Eve baby wipes, and chewing gum. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016 By comparison, condoms have an 18-percent failure rate, the pill has a nine-percent failure rate, and various intrauterine devices (IUDs) have failure rates of less than one percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of condom

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condom

origin unknown

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condom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condom

: a thin rubber covering that a man wears on his penis during sex in order to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or to prevent the spread of diseases

condom

noun
con·​dom | \ ˈkän-dəm also ˈkən-\

Medical Definition of condom 

1 : a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)

called also sheath

2 : a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

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