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pessary

[ pes-uh-ree ]
/ ˈpɛs ə ri /
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noun, plural pes·sa·ries.Medicine/Medical.
a device worn in the vagina to support a displaced uterus.
a vaginal suppository.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for pessary

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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Medical definitions for pessary

pessary
[ pĕsə-rē ]

n.
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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