a small pill (contrasted with bolus).

Origin of pilule

From the Latin word pilula, dating back to 1535–45. See pile4, -ule
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Related Words for pilule

medicine, tablet, dose, lozenge, pellet, bolus, troche, pilule

British Dictionary definitions for pilule



a small pill
Derived Formspilular, adjective

Word Origin for pilule

C16: via French from Latin pilula little ball, from pila ball
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pilule in Medicine




A small pill or pellet.
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