electuary

[ih-lek-choo-er-ee]
noun, plural e·lec·tu·ar·ies. Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine.
  1. a pasty mass composed of a medicine, usually in powder form, mixed in a palatable medium, as syrup, honey, or other sweet substance: used especially for animals and administered by application to the teeth, tongue, or gums.

Origin of electuary

1350–1400; Middle English electuarie < Late Latin elect(u)ārium a medicinal lozenge, alteration (by confusion with Latin ēlēctus (adj.) choice, good quality, ēlēctus (noun) choice) of Greek ekleiktón lozenge (neuter verbal adjective of ekleíchein to lick up; ek- ec- + leíchein to lick); see -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for electuary

electuary

noun plural -aries
  1. archaic a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey

Word Origin for electuary

C14: from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably from Greek ēkleikton electuary, from ekleikhein to lick out, from leikhein to lick
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electuary in Medicine

electuary

[ĭ-lĕkchōō-ĕr′ē]
n.
  1. confection
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