Definition of suppository in English:

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suppository

Pronunciation: /səˈpäzəˌtôrē/

noun (plural suppositories)

A solid medical preparation in a roughly conical or cylindrical shape, designed to be inserted into the rectum or vagina to dissolve.
Example sentences
  • They are available as tablets, capsules, liquids and suppositories (medication placed in the vagina or anus).
  • If the suppository is too soft to insert, chill the suppository in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or run cold water over it before removing the foil wrapper.
  • As the rectal suppositories melt, the medication soothes the inflamed area, providing symptomatic relief and promoting healing.

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin suppositorium, neuter (used as a noun) of late Latin suppositorius 'placed underneath'.

Words that rhyme with suppository

depositary, depository, expository

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sup·pos·i·to·ry

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