[ ik-sip-ee-uh nt ]
/ ɪkˈsɪp i ənt /

noun Pharmacology.

a pharmacologically inert, adhesive substance, as honey, syrup, or gum arabic, used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for excipient

/ (ɪkˈsɪpɪənt) /


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
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Medical definitions for excipient

[ ĭk-sĭpē-ənt ]


An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.
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