Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to stop a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
  • transitive verb To plug or stop with a tampon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In surgery, a plug inserted to stop hemorrhage.
  • noun In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll.
  • noun See the quotation.
  • In surgery, to plug tightly, as a wound or a natural orifice, with cotton, linen, or other form of tampon, to stop hemorrhage, to dilate the orifice, or for other purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Surg.) A plug introduced into a natural or artificial cavity of the body in order to arrest hemorrhage, absorb secretions (as from menstruation), or for the application of medicine.
  • transitive verb (Surg.) To plug with a tampon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plug of cotton or other absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to absorb fluid, especially one inserted in the vagina during menstruation.
  • noun A double-headed drumstick primarily for the bass drum.
  • noun An inking pad used in lithographic printing.
  • verb medicine, transitive To plug (a wound) with a tampon or compress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
  • verb plug with a tampon

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French; see tampion.]

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  • "In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll."

    - Century Dictionary

    August 11, 2010