- 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.
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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Examples from the Web for troches
The syrup of krameria is the least objectionable, and catechu and krameria are made into troches which are sometimes available.
And she offered a beautiful little bonbonnière, saying, "Try these French paste troches, they are delicious."A Pasteboard Crown
Troches, for healing wounds, were composed of dry medicines held in suspension by some liquid such as wine or oil.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy
Charles John Samuel Thompson
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.The Moving Picture Girls
Laura Lee Hope
- med another name for lozenge (def. 1)
C16: from French trochisque, from Late Latin trochiscus, from Greek trokhiskos little wheel, from trokhos wheel
- A small, circular medicinal lozenge; a pastille.
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