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[suh-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /səˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural suppositories.
a solid, conical mass of medicinal substance that melts upon insertion into the rectum or vagina.
Origin of suppository
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin suppositōrium, equivalent to supposi-, variant stem of suppōnere (see suppose) + -tōrium -tory1 Unabridged
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  • Acetate of Lead is contained in a pill, a suppository, and an ointment.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • As a rule, the needle had better not be used, but a suppository given.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Divide into 12 equal parts, each of which is to be made into a conical or other convenient form of suppository.

  • A suppository, consisting of two grains of opium, combined with twenty grains of soap, is frequently of great benefit.

  • The suppository (Suppositoria plumbi composita) contains 20 per cent.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The insertion of a suppository or douching can be easily done by the patient herself.


    William J. Robinson
  • It seems inartistic and sordid to insert a pessary or a suppository in anticipation of the sexual act.

    Family Limitation

    Margaret Sanger
  • When for two to three feet the lower bowel requires nourishment, a suppository night and morning is prescribed!

    Intestinal Ills

    Alcinous Burton Jamison
  • Make a suppository and insert night: Cocaine hydrochlorate, two grains; ext.

    Searchlights on Health B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
British Dictionary definitions for suppository


/səˈpɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
(med) an encapsulated or solid medication for insertion into the vagina, rectum, or urethra, where it melts and releases the active substance
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin suppositōrium, from Latin suppositus placed beneath, from suppōnere; see suppose
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Word Origin and History for suppository

late 14c., from Medieval Latin suppositorium, noun use of neuter of Late Latin suppositorius "placed underneath or up," from Latin suppositus, past participle of supponere "put or place under" (see suppose).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suppository in Medicine

suppository sup·pos·i·to·ry (sə-pŏz'ĭ-tôr'ē)
A small plug of medication designed to melt at body temperature within a body cavity other than the mouth, especially the rectum or vagina.

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