from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A diaphragm.
- n. A vaginal suppository.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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 a bolus or mass, designed for introduction into the vagina; a vaginal suppository.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)