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)

Examples of suppository in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The products will be oral tablet, capsule, tincture, gelatinous cube, gel, oil, cream, patch, suppository, nebulizer, and liquid or oil for an inhaler. Mike Cason |, al, 13 June 2022 Other forms of prescription estrogen, such as a topical estrogen cream, or a ring or suppository. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, 1 May 2022 My new gynecologist is recommending a suppository called Revaree instead. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 15 Mar. 2022 Anti-nausea medicines may also be given by injection or by rectal suppository. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2022 Hemorrhoids can be pretty responsive to over-the-counter creams, an ice pack, soaking in a sitz bath, or using a suppository with corticosteroid creams to alleviate pain and swelling. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 10 Mar. 2022 An approved suppository can make some people wince, let alone one that includes an unapproved peptide from China. Ike Morgan |, al, 27 May 2021 More advanced cases may need to be treated with an enema or suppository, but this process is usually above the paygrade of the owner. Michael Pollick,, 28 Feb. 2021 Instead, the bill would allow oral tablets, gelatinous cubes or lozenges, topical creams/oils, suppositories, patches, nebulizers and inhalers. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 16 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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