sup·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ sə-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce suppository (audio) \
plural suppositories

Definition of suppository

: a solid but readily meltable cone or cylinder of usually medicated material for insertion into a bodily passage or cavity (such as the rectum)

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the bill would allow oral tablets, gelatinous cubes or lozenges, topical creams/oils, suppositories, patches, nebulizers and inhalers. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Should Alabama legalize medical marijuana? What do you think?," 16 Feb. 2020 And some of them are available in both an oral form and a rectal suppository. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 By her fifth round of IVF, Chamberlin’s fertility cocktail included a combination of 14 injectables, pills, intravenous drips, and suppositories. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Probiotics are also available in the form of vaginal suppositories. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "This Is Why You Keep Getting UTIs After Sex," 13 Aug. 2018 Other shops offer under-the-tongue-drops and suppositories. Kyle Arnold,, "Florida's young medical marijuana industry takes off," 28 Apr. 2018 Sher had a compound pharmacy create a vaginal Viagra suppository, to deliver the maximum dose directly to the uterus. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Viagra’s Other Life as a Female Fertility Aid," 27 Mar. 2018 At Iroko Pharmaceuticals, the cost of an arthritis drug called Indocin nearly tripled in January, to $2,550 for 30 suppositories. Jared S. Hopkins And Andrew Martin,, "When Chicago's 'pharma bros' show up, drug prices can go through the roof," 6 Apr. 2018 Items containing CBDs, such as oils, suppositories and patches, don't need to carry the green triangle logo. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Universal symbol — upside-down, green triangle — will grace medical marijuana products," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of suppository

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suppository

Middle English suppositorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin suppositorium, from Late Latin, neuter of suppositorius placed beneath, from Latin supponere to put under

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“Suppository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suppository

medical : a small piece of solid medicine that is placed in the rectum or vagina and left there to dissolve


sup·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ sə-ˈpäz-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce suppository (audio) \
plural suppositories

Medical Definition of suppository

: a solid but readily meltable cone or cylinder of usually medicated material for insertion into a bodily passage or cavity (as the rectum, vagina, or urethra)

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