[ suh-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ səˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural sup·pos·i·to·ries.

a solid, conical mass of medicinal substance that melts upon insertion into the rectum or vagina.

Origin of suppository

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin suppositōrium, equivalent to supposi-, variant stem of suppōnere (see suppose) + -tōrium -tory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suppository

/ (səˈpɒzɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

med an encapsulated or solid medication for insertion into the vagina, rectum, or urethra, where it melts and releases the active substance

Word Origin for suppository

C14: from Medieval Latin suppositōrium, from Latin suppositus placed beneath, from suppōnere; see suppose
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Medical definitions for suppository

[ sə-pŏzĭ-tôr′ē ]


A small plug of medication designed to melt at body temperature within a body cavity other than the mouth, especially the rectum or vagina.
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