tampon

noun
tam·​pon | \ˈtam-ˌpän \

Definition of tampon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

tampon

verb
tamponed; tamponing; tampons

Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place or insert a tampon into

Examples of tampon in a Sentence

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For periods, there's the Lunette silicone menstrual cup, which is my favorite alternative to disposable tampons. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "10 Trash Reducing Tips From Zero-Waste Activist Lauren Singer," 2 Feb. 2018 Provision of tampons and pads in public schools is now the law in California, Illinois, and New York. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Teen Vogue, "Tampon Tax Struck Down in Nevada Vote," 7 Nov. 2018 Women with periods spend decades dealing with their bloody companions, whether that's by maintaining a cabinet full of tampons or using birth control to help manage painful menstruation symptoms. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 In 2016, the New York City Council passed the nation’s first slate of laws requiring freely accessible tampons and pads in its correction facilities, shelters, and public schools. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Marie Claire, "Representative Sean Patrick Maloney Says a House Panel Wouldn't Fund Tampons For His Office," 29 June 2018 In 2016, New York City passed the first slate of laws requiring freely accessible tampons and pads in its correction facilities (shelters and public schools, too). refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity — Here's Why You Should Too," 21 May 2018 Shortly after the bill’s introduction, the Federal Bureau for Prisons drafted a memo making tampons and pads available free of charge to federal prisoners. Asia London Palomba, The Christian Science Monitor, "More lawmakers agree: feminine hygiene products should be free for prisoners," 13 June 2018 Beginning July 1, tampons and pads, along with baby diapers, will no longer have a sales tax tacked on. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 2018 An attempt in California to eliminate a tax on tampons failed in January. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Could this be the first country to end 'period poverty'?," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tampon

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tampon

Noun

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

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The first known use of tampon was in 1848

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tampon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tampon

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

tampon

noun
tam·​pon | \ˈtam-ˌpän \

Medical Definition of tampon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Medical Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or insert a tampon into

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