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

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Despite dealing with nonstop nausea, Schumer does see a bright side in pregnancy — not having to deal with tampons. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Pregnancy in Her Netflix Special 'Growing'," 26 Mar. 2019 It's estimated that a person will use more than 11,000 tampons in their lifetime, The Guardian reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dame Announced the Creation of a Reusable Tampon Applicator Named D," 3 Mar. 2018 Ross defines normal blood flow to last between two and seven days with a woman using roughly three to six tampons per day. Kenny Thapoung, Marie Claire, "3 Signs There's Something Wrong with Your Period," 15 Oct. 2015 Hygiene brand Kimberly-Clark is voluntarily recalling its U by Kotex Regular Absorbency tampons, which are sold across the country. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Tampons Were Recalled After Unraveling While Inside People’s Bodies," 13 Dec. 2018 Carry lipstick, Tylenol or Aspirin, and tampons, always. Olivia Perez, Glamour, "10 Essential Ways to Support the Women in Your Life Right now," 2 Oct. 2018 Mix and match these tampons, pads, and liners for up to 100% leak & odor-free protection! Marie Claire, "The Mix," 26 June 2018 Take, for example, the YouTuber who went viral after using her tampon to apply foundation, or the woman who turned a marshmallow into a DIY sponge. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Blends Makeup With a Pancake in Cole Sprouse's Instagram Story," 17 Nov. 2018 Even the imagery in her lyric video manages to feel intimate: the handwriting, the knife with lipstick writing, the tampon, the gummy bears, and the makeup all add up to detritus that jumps into and out of the lives of real women. refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Julia Michaels, Florence + The Machine, & More," 4 May 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 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

Medical Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or insert a tampon into

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