condom

[ kon-duh m, kuhn- ]
/ ˈkɒn dəm, ˈkʌn- /

noun

a thin sheath, usually of very thin rubber, worn over the penis during sexual intercourse to prevent conception or sexually transmitted disease.

Origin of condom

First recorded in 1700–10; of obscure origin, but popularly supposed to have been named after an 18th-century English physician, who allegedly devised it
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British Dictionary definitions for condom

condom
/ (ˈkɒndɒm, ˈkɒndəm) /

noun

a sheathlike covering of thin rubber worn on the penis or in the vagina during sexual intercourse to prevent conception or infection

Word Origin for condom

C18: of unknown origin
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Medicine definitions for condom

condom
[ kŏndəm ]

n.

A flexible sheath, usually made of thin rubber or latex, designed to cover the penis or vagina during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
A similar device, consisting of a loose-fitting polyurethane sheath closed at one end, that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse.female condom
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