[ 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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Word Origin and History for suppository



late 14c., from Medieval Latin suppositorium, noun use of neuter of Late Latin suppositorius "placed underneath or up," from Latin suppositus, past participle of supponere "put or place under" (see suppose).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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