cap·​let | \ ˈka-plət How to pronounce caplet (audio) \

Definition of caplet

: a capsule-shaped medicinal tablet

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

Examples of caplet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of caplet

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caplet

cap(sule) entry 1 + (tab)let

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“Caplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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cap·​let | \ ˈka-plət How to pronounce caplet (audio) \

Medical Definition of caplet

: 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, 6 Mar. 1991


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