Definition of pessary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpesərē/

noun (plural pessaries)

1A small soluble block that is inserted into the vagina to treat infection or as a contraceptive.
Example sentences
  • In vivo the pessary demonstrated high contraceptive efficacy in rabbits of proven fertility.
  • Thrush is easily treated using pessaries (tablets that are inserted into the vagina), cream or tablets.
  • Medication for conditions like thrush, such as creams, pessaries or suppositories may also damage latex and prevent the condom working properly.
1.1An elastic or rigid device that is inserted into the vagina to support the uterus.
Example sentences
  • Stress incontinence can be treated with intravaginal support devices, pessaries, and urethral ‘plugs.’
  • For example, a Gellhorn pessary can offer excellent support for uterine prolapse as long as the perineal body is intact.
  • Occlusive devices, such as pessaries, can mimic the effects of a retropubic urethropexy.


Late Middle English: from late Latin pessarium, based on Greek pessos 'oval stone' (used in board games).

Words that rhyme with pessary

accessory, intercessory, possessory, tesserae

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Syllabification: pes·sa·ry

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