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 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 And some of them are available in both an oral form and a rectal suppository. Korin Miller, SELF, 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, 1 Oct. 2018 Probiotics are also available in the form of vaginal suppositories. Carolyn Todd, Allure, 13 Aug. 2018 Other shops offer under-the-tongue-drops and suppositories. Kyle Arnold,, 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, 27 Mar. 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Suppository.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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