excipient


ex·cip·i·ent

noun \ik-ˈsi-pē-ənt\

Definition of EXCIPIENT

:  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

ex·cip·i·ent

noun \ik-ˈsip-ē-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXCIPIENT

: 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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