Definition of pessary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpesəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpesəri//
    (pl. pessaries)
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  1. 1a small piece of solid medicine that is placed inside a woman’s vagina and left to dissolve, used to cure an infection or to prevent her from becoming pregnant see also suppository
  2. 2a device that is placed inside a woman’s vagina to support the womb
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin pessarium, based on Greek pessos ‘oval stone’ (used in board games).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pessary