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Definition of Tampon

Tampon: A pack or pad that is used to stop or collect the flow of blood or other fluids. A tampon may be made of cotton, sponge, or another material. Tampons serve in surgery to control bleeding and are used to stop severe nosebleeds. Vaginal tampons collect the flow of menstrual blood.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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