Definition of pessary in English:

pessary

noun

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

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