Definition of Pessary

1. Noun. A contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix.

Definition of Pessary

1. n. An instrument or device to be introduced into and worn in the vagina, to support the uterus, or remedy a malposition.

Definition of Pessary

1. Noun. A medical device similar to the outer ring of a contraceptive diaphragm, most commonly used to support a displaced uterus; also called therapeutic pessary. ¹

2. Noun. (context: contraception) A diaphragm. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) A vaginal suppository. ¹

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Definition of Pessary

1. a contraceptive device worn in the vagina [n -RIES]

Medical Definition of Pessary

1. 1. An instrument placed in the vagina to support the uterus or rectum or as a contraceptive device. 2. A medicated vaginal suppository. Origin: L. Pessarium This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pessary

peso ley
pessary cell
pessary corpuscle

Literary usage of Pessary

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1. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1881)
"A well fitting properly-chosen pessary should not only give no pain, but should be a direct ... Never insert a pessary when there is evidence, by the touch, ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1856)
"8he has enjoyed good health ever since, and still wears the pessary. ... Five months after she became pregnant I removed the pessary. The pessary had not ..."

3. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1892)
"In the infantile and so-called super- involuted uterus pessary-tampons benefit by ... Two pessary-tampons are used. The first should fit moderately close, ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Women by Theodore Gaillard Thomas (1880)
"163 represents an elastic pessary for anterior displacements, ... The whole pessary is so pliable that it can be introduced and withdrawn with perfect ease. ..."

5. Diseases of Women by Harry Sturgeon Crossen (1922)
"and is not necessary when t lie pessary holds Ihe uterus well up and entire relieves the symptoms. But in many eases of damaged pelvic floor, its UM- along ..."

6. Medical Gynecology by Howard Atwood Kelly (1908)
"The various forms of pessary are shown in Figure 85. Pessaries ought always to be made of hard rubber. Soft rubber should be discarded, as it becomes foul ..."

7. Treatise on the Diseases of Women: For the Use of Students and Practitioners by Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene (1897)
"Under such circumstances the patient can not remove and replace the pessary with any satisfactory results. While pushing up the uterus, ..."

8. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science; Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1874)
"An anal pessary is sometimes employed for the compression of hemorrhoids. The form of pessaries is very variable: — round, oval, Ac., according to fancy and ..."

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