American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum.
- n. A contraceptive diaphragm.
- n. A medicated vaginal suppository.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, an instrument made, in various forms, of elastic or rigid materials, and worn in the vagina to remedy various uterine displacements.
- n. A medical device similar to the outer ring of a contraceptive diaphragm, most commonly used to support a displaced uterus; also called therapeutic pessary.
- n. contraception A diaphragm.
- n. medicine A vaginal suppository.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument or device to be introduced into and worn in the vagina, to support the uterus, or remedy a malposition.
- n. A medicinal substance in the form of bolus or mass, designed for introduction into the vagina; a vaginal suppository.
- n. a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix
- Middle English pessarie, from Late Latin pessārium, from pessus, pessum, from Greek pessos, oval-shaped stone, pessary. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes urinary incontinence is so severe that medication, a device called a pessary, or surgery is the only option to get it under control.”
“Treatment may involve use of a vaginal pessary, which is a device placed in the vagina for support.”
“Afterwards, as Dottie is preparing to leave, he tells her to get herself a "pessary" (this is American for a diaphragm).”
“_ -- These are reliable only when carefully adjusted over the mouth of the womb, and many women find it very difficult to adjust this kind of pessary correctly; hence numbers of failures.”
“Approaches to stress incontinence include weight loss if obesity is present, a vaginal pessary, and surgery.”
“She introduced the pessary (diaphragm) to the Netherlands despite intense opposition from male colleagues, held a free clinic for poor women two mornings a week, and campaigned to change the unhealthy working conditions of salesgirls.”
“I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.”
“Newmania said ... like a pessary up Lord Browne's bottom - it just doesn't bear thinking about.”
“No worries Roger, you are obviously not aware of my sense of humour and reluctance to be sucked into the European Union, like a pessary up Lord Browne's bottom - it just doesn't bear thinking about.”
“Or have a pessary, osteoporosis, breast cancer, abnormal paps, abnormal bleeding or are on hormone replacement and you need to come in more often than once every two years.”
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