Dictionary.com

excipient

[ ik-sip-ee-uhnt ]
/ ɪkˈsɪp i ənt /
Save This Word!

noun Pharmacology.
a pharmacologically inert, adhesive substance, as honey, syrup, or gum arabic, used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Origin of excipient

1720–30; <Latin excipient- (stem of excipiēns), present participle of excipere to take out, except, take up, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + -cipi- (stem of combining form of capere to take) + -ent--ent
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use excipient in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for excipient

excipient
/ (ɪkˈsɪpɪənt) /

noun
a substance, such as sugar or gum, used to prepare a drug or drugs in a form suitable for administration

Word Origin for excipient

C18: from Latin excipiēns excepting, from excipere to except
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for excipient

excipient
[ ĭk-sĭpē-ənt ]

n.
An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK