sanitary napkin

noun
variants: or sanitary pad

Definition of sanitary napkin 

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

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There is still too much stigma associated with women’s basic health needs, like sanitary napkins and contraception, but these essential needs do not go away in an emergency. Kathy Calvin, Time, "Mothers Around the World Are in Crisis. Here's How You Can Help," 12 May 2018 In a move similar to the one in California, the Illinois legislature passed a new law requiring all schools to provide feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins free in bathrooms of schools with grades 6 through 12. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Free tampons for girls, an end to ‘meal shaming’ — and more in new state laws affecting schools," 6 Jan. 2018 For Kotex, the first-ever brand of sanitary napkins to hit the U.S., everything. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads," 11 Aug. 2017 Last year, Bodyform was the first advertiser to ever show a sanitary napkin being used in a real life scenario. Maggie Mallon, Glamour, "This Commercial Actually Shows Period Blood for the First Time—and That's a Huge Deal," 18 Oct. 2017 The teacher opened the classroom cupboard, bashfully picked out a sanitary napkin, and slipped it into my pocket. Puja Changoiwala, SELF, "Why India's Widespread Period Shaming Must End," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sanitary napkin

1915, in the meaning defined above

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sanitary napkin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sanitary napkin

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

sanitary napkin

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Medical Definition of sanitary napkin 

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

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