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suppository

Med an encapsulated or solid medication for insertion into the vagina, rectum, or urethra, where it melts and releases the active substance

Suppository

 

a medicated mass that is solid at room temperature but fuses readily at body temperature. Suppositories are in the form of cylinders or cones and are made of medicinal agents mixed with cocoa butter or with similar substances. Suppositories are inserted in the rectum or vagina, where they act locally or, upon absorption, exert a general effect.

suppository

[sə′päz·ə‚tȯr·ē]
(pharmacology)
A medicated solid body of varying weight and shape, intended for introduction into different orifices of the body, as the rectum, urethra, or vagina; usually suppositories melt or are softened at body temperature, though in some instances release of medication is effected through use of a hydrophilic vehicle; typical vehicles or bases are theobroma oil (cocoa butter), glycerinated gelatin, sodium stearate, and propylene glycol monostearate.
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