sub·​lin·​gual | \ ˌsəb-ˈliŋ-gwəl , -gyə-wəl\

Definition of sublingual

: situated or administered under the tongue sublingual glands sublingual tablets

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The options are truly dizzying, from chocolates and capsules to vaporizers and sublingual oils like CW Hemp, which are placed under the tongue to quickly diffuse into the bloodstream. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is CBD, and Why Is It in Everything Right Now?," 14 Feb. 2018 Cannabis can be consumed in the form of capsules, sublingual applications, lotions, sensual oils and even suppositories. Theorem Cannabis, The Seattle Times, "It’s legal, now what? A beginner’s guide to cannabis," 18 Sep. 2017 There is no brick of sublingual melatonin big enough to cure a jet lag that scrambles every biorhythm and shorts every cognitive scheme. Mary H. K. Choi, WIRED, "Mary H. K. Choi on Why the Future Is So Horrifying," 1 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of sublingual

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sublingual

New Latin sublingualis, from Latin sub- + lingua tongue — more at tongue

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sub·​lin·​gual | \ ˌsəb-ˈliŋ-g(yə-)wəl, ˈsəb- \

Medical Definition of sublingual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated or administered under the tongue sublingual tablets
2 : of or relating to the sublingual glands

Other Words from sublingual

sublingually \ -​ē \ adverb



Medical Definition of sublingual (Entry 2 of 2)

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