- a pharmacologically inert, adhesive substance, as honey, syrup, or gum arabic, used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet.
Origin of excipient
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Excipient, ek-sip′i-ent, n. a substance mixed with a medicine to give it consistence, or used as a vehicle for its administration.
An excipient for medicinal agents when they are to be administered in the form of bolus.
The excipient is unobjectionable, as it is readily soluble in the juices of the stomach.
A pharmaceutical preparation, in which glycerin is employed as the excipient.
The sugar of milk, about 10 per cent., or 1⁄2 grain per pill, no doubt is simply an excipient.
- a substance, such as sugar or gum, used to prepare a drug or drugs in a form suitable for administration
C18: from Latin excipiēns excepting, from excipere to except
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- An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.
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