- a plug of cotton or the like for insertion into an orifice, wound, etc., chiefly for absorbing blood or stopping hemorrhages.
- such a plug used for absorbing menstrual flow, especially one that is manufactured commercially.
- a two-headed drumstick for playing rolls.
- to fill or plug with a tampon.
Origin of tampon
Related Words for tamponblockade, wedge, spigot, occlusion, connection, cork, filling, river, fitting, bung, tampon, stopple, lid, stopper, tap, cap, stop, obstruction, fastener, bolt
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Historical Examples of tampon
Feeling that we should shortly get the order to advance, I resolved to secure some souvenir of Tampon, as we called him.Mated from the Morgue
John Augustus O'Shea
- a plug of lint, cotton wool, cotton, etc, inserted into an open wound or body cavity to stop the flow of blood, absorb secretions, etc, esp one inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood
- (tr) to plug (a wound, etc) with a tampon
Word Origin for tampon
1848, from French tampon, from Middle French tampon "plug" (see tampion). Tampax, proprietary name registered in U.S. 1932, is based on tampon.
- A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to check a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
- To plug or stop with a tampon.