suppository

noun

sup·​pos·​i·​to·​ry sə-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce suppository (audio)
plural suppositories
: a solid but readily meltable cone or cylinder of usually medicated material for insertion into a bodily passage or cavity (such as the rectum)

Examples of suppository in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, there are treatment options: For yeast infections, there are various forms of over-the-counter antifungal creams, ointments, and suppositories available in different strengths, like Monistat. Mara Santilli, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 These medications are usually applied as a cream or suppository over the course of several days to a week or two. Claire McCarthy, M.d., Parents, 13 Nov. 2023 So her doctor prescribed a vaginal suppository in place of the injections. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 5 Oct. 2023 For some women, vaginal boric acid suppositories can help. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 This choice is a suppository, which means it is inserted into your child's rectum via a small applicator provided in the kit. Jenny Friedman, Ms, Parents, 3 Aug. 2023 If that doesn't help, ask your prenatal health care provider about over-the-counter treatments such as fiber supplements, stool softeners, non-stimulant laxatives, or glycerin suppositories. Rebecca Stewart, Parents, 6 Sep. 2023 For example, laxatives can be chewable, mixed in drinks, or given as a suppository. Jenny Friedman, Ms, Parents, 3 Aug. 2023 But there’s a reason these vaginal suppositories are no longer viewed as a go-to remedy. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suppository was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Suppository.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suppository. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

suppository

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