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Definition of "pessary" [pes•sa•ry]

  • Any of various devices worn in the vagina to support or correct the position of the uterus or rectum. (noun)
  • A contraceptive diaphragm. (noun)
  • A medicated vaginal suppository. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pessary" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes urinary incontinence is so severe that medication, a device called a pessary, or surgery is the only option to get it under control."
  • "Treatment may involve use of a vaginal pessary, which is a device placed in the vagina for support."
  • "Afterwards, as Dottie is preparing to leave, he tells her to get herself a "pessary" (this is American for a diaphragm)."