pessary

noun
pes·​sa·​ry | \ˈpe-sə-rē \
plural pessaries

Definition of pessary 

1 : a vaginal suppository

2 : a device worn in the vagina to support the uterus, remedy a malposition, or prevent conception

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Other implants, like plastic urinary pessaries or penile pumps, would never even be seen by a crematory worker. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018 Some, like this bronze Roman pessary dated between 200 B.C. and 400 C.E., were used to support the uterus. National Geographic, "Lemons, Sponges, and Other Old Forms of Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2016 Some, like this bronze Roman pessary dated between 200 B.C. and 400 C.E., were used to support the uterus. National Geographic, "Lemons, Sponges, and Other Old Forms of Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of pessary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pessary

Middle English pessarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pessarium, from pessus, pessum pessary, from Greek pessos oval stone for playing checkers, pessary

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pessary

noun
pes·​sa·​ry | \ˈpes-ə-rē \
plural pessaries

Medical Definition of pessary 

1 : a vaginal suppository

2 : a device worn in the vagina to support the uterus, remedy a malposition, or prevent conception

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