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excipient

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noun ex·cip·i·ent \ik-ˈsi-pē-ənt\

Definition of excipient

  1. :  a usually inert substance (as gum arabic or starch) that forms a vehicle (as for a drug)



Origin of excipient

Latin excipient-, excipiens, present participle of excipere to take out, take up — more at except


First Known Use: circa 1753


Medical Dictionary

excipient

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noun ex·cip·i·ent \ik-ˈsip-ē-ənt\

Medical Definition of excipient

  1. :  a usually inert substance (as gum arabic, syrup, lanolin, or starch) that forms a vehicle (as for a drug or antigen); especially :  one that in the presence of sufficient liquid gives a medicated mixture the adhesive quality needed for the preparation of pills or tablets




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