suppository

suppository

[suh-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural suppositories.
a solid, conical mass of medicinal substance that melts upon insertion into the rectum or vagina.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin suppositōrium, equivalent to supposi-, variant stem of suppōnere (see suppose) + -tōrium -tory1

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suppository (səˈpɒzɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
med an encapsulated or solid medication for insertion into the vagina, rectum, or urethra, where it melts and releases the active substance
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin suppositōrium, from Latin suppositus placed beneath, from suppōnere; see suppose]

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suppository
1392, from M.L. suppositorium, noun use of neut. of L.L. suppositorius "placed underneath or up," from L. suppositus, pp. of supponere "put or place under" (see suppose).
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suppository sup·pos·i·to·ry (sə-pŏz'ĭ-tôr'ē)
n.
A small plug of medication designed to melt at body temperature within a body cavity other than the mouth, especially the rectum or vagina.

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