Definition of pessary in English:

pessary

noun

  • 1A small soluble block that is inserted into the vagina to treat infection or as a contraceptive.

    • ‘In vivo the pessary demonstrated high contraceptive efficacy in rabbits of proven fertility.’
    • ‘The nineteenth century also saw the commercial development of chemical contraceptives, usually in the form of pessaries for insertion into the vagina.’
    • ‘Medication for conditions like thrush, such as creams, pessaries or suppositories may also damage latex and prevent the condom working properly.’
    • ‘Thrush is easily treated using pessaries (tablets that are inserted into the vagina), cream or tablets.’
    • ‘Thrush is easily treated using pessaries (almond-shaped tablets that are inserted into the vagina), cream or tablets.’
    1. 1.1 An elastic or rigid device that is inserted into the vagina to support the uterus.
      • ‘For example, a Gellhorn pessary can offer excellent support for uterine prolapse as long as the perineal body is intact.’
      • ‘Occlusive devices, such as pessaries, can mimic the effects of a retropubic urethropexy.’
      • ‘Stress incontinence can be treated with intravaginal support devices, pessaries, and urethral ‘plugs.’’

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin pessarium, based on Greek pessos oval stone (used in board games).

Pronunciation:

pessary

/ˈpɛs(ə)ri/