[ 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.

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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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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