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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the benefits of those little silicone cups go beyond their eco-friendliness: menstrual cups are just as safe and effective as pads and tampons. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Research Shows That Menstrual Cups Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome—Here’s How to Prevent That," 17 July 2019 Another offers tips about how to teach your daughter to use a tampon. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "What is content marketing? Here are five great examples," 27 Aug. 2019 Women’s shoes, bras, razors, tampons and exclusive private clubs are stamped with the language of empowerment. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The New Spiritual Consumerism," 19 Aug. 2019 Buying behaviour Going by the sales data, Flipkart identified that tier 1 towns and metros are leading the demand for tampons and menstrual cups. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online shopping is redefining how small-town Indian women deal with their periods," 30 June 2019 Campuses across the country are experimenting with making tampons free and accessible for all students. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "New Hampshire passes bill to require free tampons in public school restrooms," 17 July 2019 Campuses across the country are experimenting with making tampons free and accessible for all students. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "New Hampshire passes bill to require free tampons in public school restrooms," 17 July 2019 The law came two years after New York passed a bill that provides free access to tampons and sanitary pads in schools, homeless shelters and jails. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Boston Public Schools to Offer Students Free Menstrual Supplies: It's 'About Equity'," 18 June 2019 On not having a period anymore, and saying goodbye to tampons. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Pregnancy in Her Netflix Special 'Growing'," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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