noun, plural pes·sa·ries. Medicine/Medical.
Origin of pessary
Examples from the Web for pessary
The thickened rim retains this circular shape by means of enclosed spiral spring when the pessary is in position.
If there is inflammation of the womb, this must be subdued before using the pessary.The Ladies Book of Useful Information|Anonymous
After the pessary had been placed in position every trace of pain, etc., left me.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
I recommend the use of the pessary as the most convenient, the cheapest and the safest.Family Limitation|Margaret Sanger
The pessary should, of course, never be worn during the menstrual period.
noun plural -ries med
Word Origin for pessary
c.1400, from Late Latin pessarium, from Greek pessarion "medicated tampon of wool or lint," diminutive of pessos "pessary," earlier "oval stone used in games," perhaps of Semitic origin.