excipient

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noun ex·cip·i·ent \ ik-ˈsi-pē-ənt \

Definition of excipient

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

Origin and Etymology of excipient

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


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excipient

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noun ex·cip·i·ent \ ik-ˈsip-ē-ənt \

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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