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Pronunciation: tam'pon


  1. A cylinder or ball of cotton-wool, gauze, or other loose substance; used as a plug or pack in a canal or cavity to restrain hemorrhage, absorb secretions, or maintain a displaced organ in position.
  2. To insert such a plug or pack.

[O. Fr.]

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