sanitary napkin

variants: or sanitary pad

Definition of sanitary napkin

: a disposable absorbent pad used (as during menstruation) to absorb the uterine flow

Examples of sanitary napkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yoko Ono sat behind him, knitting while blindfolded by a sanitary napkin. Tim Riley, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inside Story of the Beatles’ Messy Breakup," 10 Apr. 2020 Some of her Facebook posts criticized Museveni for not providing sanitary napkins for schoolgirls. Washington Post, "Ugandan academic gets prison for criticizing the president," 2 Aug. 2019 The same goes for sanitary napkins, tampons, and fats or oils. Mike Moffitt, Houston Chronicle, "Because of the TP shortage, people are using wipes, T-shirts with predictable results," 25 Mar. 2020 Under the bill, products that are exempt from sales and use tax include sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups, or any other similar menstrual product. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Other common items stuck in the grease included sanitary napkins, drugs and wet wipes. Washington Post, "Fat in a Sink, Wipes in a Loo—How Fatbergs Are Born," 18 Mar. 2019 Under the feminine hygiene bill, schools that serve students in grade five through 12 would be required to provide products, including sanitary napkins and tampons, in their restrooms at no cost. Leada Gore |, al, "Bill would require schools to provide free feminine hygiene products to students," 18 Feb. 2020 Some of the hoarding in Taiwan is driven by reports that toilet paper and sanitary napkins could be used, in a pinch, as makeshift masks. Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus outbreak spurs hoarding in Asia," 12 Feb. 2020 Over a 12-hour period, the waste normally circulates through three screening tanks, where human feces, sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms and other items are screened out. Christine Woodside,, "Dead fish, condoms, brown foam: Sewage has chokehold on Bridgeport’s Black Rock Harbor," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sanitary napkin

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Sanitary napkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sanitary napkin

US : a thick piece of soft material that is used to absorb blood during menstruation

sanitary napkin

variants: or sanitary pad

Medical Definition of sanitary napkin

: a disposable absorbent pad used (as during menstruation) to absorb the flow from the uterus

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