a plug of cotton or other absorbent material put into a body cavity, wound, etc. to stop bleeding or absorb secretions; esp., such a plug for absorbing the menses
Origin of tamponFr: see tampion
to put a tampon into
A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to stop a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
transitive verbtam·poned, tam·pon·ing, tam·pons
To plug or stop with a tampon.
Origin of tamponFrench, from Old French; see tampion.
(third-person singular simple present tampons, present participle tamponing, simple past and past participle tamponed)