1

tampon

noun tam·pon \ ˈtam-ˌpän \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of tampon

: a wad of absorbent material (as of cotton) introduced into a body cavity or canal usually to absorb secretions (as from menstruation) or to arrest hemorrhaging

Recent Examples of tampon from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tampon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of tampon

French, literally, plug, from Middle French — more at tamp


2

tampon

verb

Definition of tampon

transitive verb
: to place or insert a tampon into

First Known Use of tampon

1860


TAMPON Defined for English Language Learners

tampon

noun

Definition of tampon for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of soft material (such as cotton) that is placed in the vagina to absorb the blood that occurs during menstruation


Medical Dictionary

1

tampon

noun tam·pon \ ˈtam-ˌpän \

medical Definition of tampon

: a wad of absorbent material (as cotton) introduced into a body cavity or canal usually to absorb secretions (as from menstruation) or to arrest hemorrhaging

2

tampon

transitive verb

medical Definition of tampon

: to place or insert a tampon into


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tampon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!