[ pes-uh-ree ]
/ ˈpɛs ə ri /

noun, plural pes·sa·ries. Medicine/Medical.

a device worn in the vagina to support a displaced uterus.
a vaginal suppository.

Nearby words

  1. peshito,
  2. peshitta,
  3. pesky,
  4. peso,
  5. peso boliviano,
  6. pessimism,
  7. pessimist,
  8. pessimistic,
  9. pessoa,
  10. pest

Origin of pessary

1350–1400; Middle English pessarie < Late Latin pessārium a suppository, equivalent to Latin pess(um), pess(us) (< Greek pessós oval stone used in a game) + -ārium -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pessary


/ (ˈpɛsərɪ) /

noun plural -ries med

a device for inserting into the vagina, either as a support for the uterus or (diaphragm pessary) to deliver a drug, such as a contraceptive
a medicated vaginal suppository

Word Origin for pessary

C14: from Late Latin pessārium, from Latin pessum, from Greek pessos plug

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Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pessary


[ pĕsə-rē ]


Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum.
A contraceptive diaphragm.
A medicated vaginal suppository.

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