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


tamponed; tamponing; tampons

Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place or insert a tampon into

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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 Now, more than a year later, the BC Coroners Service confirmed a strain of staphylococcus aureus on a tampon, as well as other symptoms consistent with TSS, were discovered, CTV News reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen who died on overnight school trip contracted toxic shock syndrome," 28 June 2018 On top of that, women in 36 states in the U.S. also pay a tax on tampons and pads, even though the products are necessities, and non-essential basics like lip balm aren’t taxed. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "The Pink Tax Revolution Is Here, and It’s Being Led By Women," 7 May 2018 Cameron Kasky, a junior, filled his pack with tampons, as the new protocol leaves little room for student privacy. USA TODAY, "What do you do when you can't afford the 'American dream'? Go over budget.," 3 Apr. 2018 The market research firm Mintel predicts that menstrual cups could disrupt the tampon market over time. Loren Savini, Allure, "Breaking the Cycle: Meet the People Who Are Fighting to End Period Stigma," 27 June 2018 Well, Nina, that tampon scene was almost too much to watch. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 3 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Russian Navy’ and the sinking of the S.S. Jen," 25 June 2018 But that doesn’t affect all the other stuff — like straws, cigarette filter tips, diapers, tampon applicators, syringes, appliances, and blood vials. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Shore towns ban plastic bags, say they dirty beaches, hurt wildlife," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of tampon


1848, in the meaning defined above


1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tampon


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

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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


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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