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excipient

[ik-sip-ee-uh nt] /ɪkˈsɪp i ənt/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a pharmacologically inert, adhesive substance, as honey, syrup, or gum arabic, used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin excipient- (stem of excipiēns), present participle of excipere to take out, except, take up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cipi- (stem of combining form of capere to take) + -ent- -ent
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excipient

/ɪkˈsɪpɪənt/
noun
1.
a substance, such as sugar or gum, used to prepare a drug or drugs in a form suitable for administration
Word Origin
C18: from Latin excipiēns excepting, from excipere to except
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excipient in Medicine

excipient ex·cip·i·ent (ĭk-sĭp'ē-ənt)
n.
An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.

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