noun Pharmacology.

a small tablet or lozenge, usually a circular one, made of medicinal substance worked into a paste with sugar and mucilage or the like, and dried.

Nearby words

  1. troch.,
  2. trochaic,
  3. trochal,
  4. trochanter,
  5. trochanterian,
  6. trochee,
  7. trochelminth,
  8. trochilus,
  9. trochlea,
  10. trochlear

Origin of troche

1590–1600; back formation from troches, earlier tro(s)chies, late Middle English trocis (taken as plural) < Middle French trocisse < Latin trochiscus < Greek trochískos, equivalent to troch(ós) wheel (akin to tréchein to run) + -iskos diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for troche



med another name for lozenge (def. 1)

Word Origin for troche

C16: from French trochisque, from Late Latin trochiscus, from Greek trokhiskos little wheel, from trokhos wheel

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Medicine definitions for troche




A small, circular medicinal lozenge; a pastille.

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