tampon

1 of 2

noun

tam·​pon ˈtam-ˌpän How to pronounce tampon (audio)
: 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

2 of 2

verb

tamponed; tamponing; tampons

transitive verb

: to place or insert a tampon into

Examples of tampon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Enlarge / Panty liners, hygienic tampons, and sanitary pads. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 30 May 2024 This one was at Boone & Crockett and even more popular, raising more than $3,000 and collecting 25,000 pads and tampons. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2024
Verb
For the average person, the most visible health care detritus are disposable apparatuses used at home, from respiratory inhalers to syringes to tampon applicators to oxygen masks and tubing. Ted Alcorn, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 But, while rare, TSS is still happening to tampon users. Shanetta McDonald, Allure, 4 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for tampon 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tampon was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Tampon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tampon. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tampon

noun
tam·​pon
ˈtam-ˌpän
: a wad of absorbent material (as cotton) placed in a body cavity or canal usually to absorb secretions (as from menstruation) or to stop heavy or uncontrolled bleeding

Medical Definition

tampon

1 of 2 noun
tam·​pon ˈtam-ˌpän How to pronounce tampon (audio)
: 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

tampon

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to place or insert a tampon into

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