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noun Pharmacology.
  1. 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.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • The syrup of krameria is the least objectionable, and catechu and krameria are made into troches which are sometimes available.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • And she offered a beautiful little bonbonnière, saying, "Try these French paste troches, they are delicious."

    A Pasteboard Crown

    Clara Morris

  • Troches, for healing wounds, were composed of dry medicines held in suspension by some liquid such as wine or oil.

  • All told him that these troches were not being made any more, and that they were therefore unable to supply him.

  • She was in and out of her room on the instant, with a box of troches, one of which she held out to her father.

British Dictionary definitions for troches


  1. med another name for lozenge (def. 1)
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Word Origin

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


  1. A small, circular medicinal lozenge; a pastille.
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