Definition of tampon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtamˌpän/


1A plug of soft material inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood.
Example sentences
  • When you're ready to insert the tampon into your vagina, it might be easier to sit down rather than stand up.
  • High absorbency tampons left in the vagina for a long time have been associated with a dangerous illness called toxic shock syndrome.
  • Well, the idea of pushing a tampon into your vagina to soak up the flow seems totally gross at first.
1.1 Medicine A plug of material used to stop a wound or block an opening in the body and absorb blood or secretions.
Example sentences
  • After the nasal tampon has been inserted, wetting it with a small amount of topical vasoconstrictor may hasten effectiveness.
  • The procedure consists of inserting tampons of sterile gauze inside the nasal cavities of the patient, by using surgical forceps.
  • It is common use that medicated tampons may be applied to a specific body area.

verb (tampons, tamponing, tamponed)

[with object] Plug with a tampon.
Example sentences
  • A woman's fertility or lack thereof may be relevant in the bedroom, but it is in the bathroom that she is most keenly aware of it, whether tamponing herself or holding a pregnancy test in a ‘steady stream’ of pee.
  • The splinter could not be extracted, and the liver was tamponed and drained.


Mid 19th century: from French, nasalized variant of tapon 'plug, stopper', ultimately of Germanic origin and related to tap1.

Words that rhyme with tampon

crampon, kampong

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Syllabification: tam·pon

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