- a solid, conical mass of medicinal substance that melts upon insertion into the rectum or vagina.
Origin of suppository
Related Words for suppositoryputative, assumed, alleged, supposed, rumored, regarded, said, seeming, reported, considered, thought, held, reckoned, deemed, accounted, conjectural, hypothetical, ostensible, suppositional
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Contemporary Examples of suppository
Alan: Are you supposed to do this up your nose or is this a suppository?Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood & More Original MTV VJs Tell All
May 7, 2013
Historical Examples of suppository
Acetate of Lead is contained in a pill, a suppository, and an ointment.
As a rule, the needle had better not be used, but a suppository given.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
Divide into 12 equal parts, each of which is to be made into a conical or other convenient form of suppository.
A suppository, consisting of two grains of opium, combined with twenty grains of soap, is frequently of great benefit.
The suppository (Suppositoria plumbi composita) contains 20 per cent.
- 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
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).
- A small plug of medication designed to melt at body temperature within a body cavity other than the mouth, especially the rectum or vagina.