loz·​enge | \ ˈlä-zᵊnj also -sᵊnj How to pronounce lozenge (audio) \

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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Inside, Garunay’s dynamic installation framed the exhibits in diamond light lozenges. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Les Garçonnes Were Out in Full Force at the Exhibition Opening of Gender Bending Fashion at Boston’s MFA," 19 Mar. 2019 Avoid over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies like lozenges, gum or patches, which haven’t been fully tested on people under 18. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 That’s why the Food and Drug Administration has approved nicotine replacement therapies like gum, lozenges, and patches. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is nicotine actually bad for you?," 10 Aug. 2018 Those white and pastel dots, lozenges, and capsules embedded, along with myriad color images, in layers of clear resin are in fact pills—straight out of a prescription bottle. David Colman, ELLE Decor, "Art Show: Fred Tomaselli," 1 Nov. 2010 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

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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 How to pronounce lozenge (audio) \

Kids Definition of lozenge

: a small candy often containing medicine


loz·​enge | \ ˈläz-ᵊnj How to pronounce lozenge (audio) \

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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