- a thin protective sheath for the penis, generally of latex, used to prevent venereal infection or as a contraceptive
- a thin, lubricated polyurethane sheath placed in the vagina to prevent venereal infection or as a contraceptivein full female condom
Origin of condomearlier condam, quondam from Italian guantone from guanto, a glove from Frankish an unverified form want, glove, mitten (from source French gant)
- A flexible sheath, usually made of latex or polyurethane, designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
- A similar device, consisting of a loose-fitting polyurethane or synthetic rubber sheath closed at one end, that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse. Also called female condom .
Origin of condomOrigin unknown
Unknown. Many theories exist. See Italian guantone, from guanto (“a glove”)