tampon

noun
tam·​pon | \ ˈtam-ˌpän How to pronounce tampon (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The police officer who imagined that someone at the Starbucks had put a tampon in their coffee, which turned out to be a napkin that had accidentally fallen in the coffee. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 The tampon had a 40% lower score and the menstrual cup 99.6% lower. Susan Powers, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2021 Twenty-seven states still tax the products, according to an estimates by Period Equity, a national organization seeking to eliminate the tampon tax. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2021 Nearby is a pumpkin stuck in the muck, orbited by an array of tampon applicators and plastic bottle caps. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 For me, unraveling the plastic with one hand is a nightmare, especially since the tampon itself is pretty tiny. Chloe Toscano, SELF, 30 July 2021 Public school students in Oregon who menstruate won’t have to worry about where their next pad or tampon is coming from when classes start this September. oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021 Some of it's just access to equipment, knowing when to get a sports bra, knowing when to wear a tampon. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 But opening individual tampon wrappers can be nearly impossible for people using one hand. Chloe Toscano, SELF, 30 July 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Tampon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tampon. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for tampon

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 How to pronounce tampon (audio) \

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

tampon

transitive verb

Medical Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or insert a tampon into

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