cap·​let ˈka-plət How to pronounce caplet (audio)
plural caplets
: a capsule-shaped medicinal tablet

Note: The name Caplets was formerly a U.S. registered trademark.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The general rules for Aleve dosage are: Take one tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel every 8 to 12 hours while symptoms last. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2023 Each caplet is vegetarian-friendly, so even those with specific preferences can enjoy a high-quality supplement from a household name. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 Each caplet contains a potent dose of 500mg of magnesium oxide, which absorbs quickly and gets to work right away. Alyssa Edwards, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 If given the option, choose a tablet over a gel caplet, which is more likely to break down over time. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 The standard daily dose of Imodium A-D is no more than four caplets, or eight milligrams. Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times, 10 May 2016 The suit says Johnson & Johnson learned at the end of 2008 that its Motrin caplets didn't properly dissolve and were thus ineffective pain relievers. The Oregonian Staff And Wire Reports,, 10 May 2017 Costco sells 400 loperamide caplets for just $7.59. Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times, 10 May 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caplet was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Caplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


cap·​let ˈka-plət How to pronounce caplet (audio)
: a capsule-shaped medicinal tablet
After Tylenol capsules were twice contaminated with cyanide, … the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company phased out capsules entirely, replacing them with either capsule-shaped tablets known as caplets or gelatin-covered tablets, known as gelcaps, that look like capsules.Malcolm Gladwell, The Washington Post
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