Middle English Dictionary Entry

tent(e n.(3)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Med. A roll of some soft material, usu. linen or wax, sometimes medicated, placed in or near a wound to keep it open while it heals; a similar roll used as a suppository [quot. a1475]; also, a small bar of some material used to keep proud flesh from overgrowing an orifice; (b) surg. a speculum-like probe; also, fig. a penis.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. tent.