loz·enge | \ˈlä-zᵊnj also -sᵊnj \

Definition of lozenge 

1 : a figure with four equal sides and two acute and two obtuse angles : diamond

2 : something shaped like a lozenge

3 : a small usually sweetened and flavored medicated material that is designed to be held in the mouth for slow dissolution especially : one that contains a demulcent sore throat lozenges

called also pastille, troche

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Synonyms for lozenge


cap, capsule, pill, tablet

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Examples of lozenge in a Sentence

take one of these lozenges for your cold

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Then there’s the wide assortment of products to help smokers kick the habit — everything from patches and gum to prescription drugs, lozenges and lollipops. Scientific American, "E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping," 18 May 2018 That’s so pre-legalization — try a lozenge infused with the cannabis compound CBD instead. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging," 11 July 2018 Four years later, India's Rahul Dravid was fined 50% of his match fee after being caught on camera applying lozenge on the ball while playing Zimbabwe. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, "Ball tampering: What is it and why is it such a big deal?," 28 Mar. 2018 Benzocaine products are sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges under brand names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex and as store brands and generics. Jen Christensen, CNN, "FDA warns that benzocaine teething products aren't safe for children," 23 May 2018 Another group was given free stop-smoking aids like gum, patches, and lozenges (2.9% of those quit). Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Money Is the Best Motivator for People to Quit Smoking, New Study Finds," 25 May 2018 The facility also manufactures cannabis lozenges, oils and topical creams. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "New Jersey's busiest marijuana dispensary is now the biggest on the East Coast," 24 May 2018 Oliver Chase, a young English newcomer, invented a lozenge cutter. William J. Kole, USA TODAY, "Bankrupt Necco Wafers maker New England Confectionery sold at auction to Spangler Candy," 23 May 2018 The health agency is also asking that companies add warnings for adults and children age 2 and up to oral-health products containing benzocaine, a common ingredient in pain-relieving oral gels, sprays, ointments and lozenges. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Teething gels pose 'serious risk' to babies, FDA warns," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of lozenge

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lozenge

Middle English losenge, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of lozenge

: a small candy that usually contains medicine

: a shape that is formed by four equal straight lines and that has two opposite angles that are smaller than a right angle and two opposite angles that are larger than a right angle


loz·enge | \ˈlä-zᵊnj \

Kids Definition of lozenge

: a small candy often containing medicine


loz·enge | \ˈläz-ᵊnj \

Medical Definition of lozenge 

: a small usually sweetened solid piece of medicated material of any of various shapes that is designed to be held in the mouth for slow dissolution and often contains a demulcent sore throat lozenges

called also pastille, troche

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