Etymology
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tampon (n.)

"plug of cotton to stanch a flow of blood (especially from the vagina)," 1848, from French tampon, originally "plug" (see tampion). Tampax, proprietary name registered in U.S. 1932, is based on tampon.

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Definitions of tampon
1
tampon (v.)
plug with a tampon;
2
tampon (n.)
plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood);
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