• WordNet 3.6
    • n pessary 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pessary (Med) An instrument or device to be introduced into and worn in the vagina, to support the uterus, or remedy a malposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pessary In medicine, an instrument made, in various forms, of elastic or rigid materials, and worn in the vagina to remedy various uterine displacements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pessary pes′a-ri an instrument worn in the vagina to remedy displacement of the womb.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pessarium, pessum, pessus, Gr. : cf. F. pessaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pessaire—Low L. pessarium—Gr. pessos, a pebble.


In literature:

Pinet mentions a pessary that remained in situ for twenty-five years.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Or make a pessary of lead only, dip it in the above mentioned things, and put it up.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
He confirmed my opinion and told me to wear a pessary.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Quinine is fatal to the spermatazoa, and without it these pessaries are simply pieces of soluble cocoa-butter.
"Safe Marriage" by Ettie A. Rout
The employment of rings, pessaries, and numerous other mechanical devices for preventing emissions, is entirely futile.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Sometimes a pessary which prevents the anteversion is efficient.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
This instrument is called a pessary.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
M. M. All the usual pessaries are very inconvenient and ineffectual.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
"A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy" by Alexander Hughes Bennett
A rubber ring pessary will often serve to keep it there.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

Cervical pessary in pregnant women with a short cervix — Authors' reply.
Ancient Egyptians used a pessary made of dried crocodile dung as a contraceptive.
Ring pessaries are generally seen as first-line by many gynecologists , as they are considered easier to insert and remove by the patient.
It also appears affordable, at least in middle-income countries, since pessaries cost less than $50 each and could be made cheaply if demand was greater.
The study, published in The Lancet last month, was the first randomized trial of pessaries for this purpose.
Today's pessaries are precision-manufactured medical devices that provide pelvic organ support and that are used to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions, including prolapse.
Pessary ring easy solution for women with stress incontinence .
MedPlast's Pessary Balloon Manufacture Showcases Multi-Function Technical Mastery (2).