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[pes-uh-ree] /ˈpɛs ə ri/

noun, plural pessaries. Medicine/Medical.
a device worn in the vagina to support a displaced uterus.
a vaginal suppository.
(def 4).
noun (med) (pl) -ries
a device for inserting into the vagina, either as a support for the uterus or (diaphragm pessary) to deliver a drug, such as a contraceptive
a medicated vaginal suppository

c.1400, from Late Latin pessarium, from Greek pessarion “medicated tampon of wool or lint,” diminutive of pessos “pessary,” earlier “oval stone used in games,” perhaps of Semitic origin.

pessary pes·sa·ry (pěs’ə-rē)


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