• WordNet 3.6
    • n suppository a small plug of medication designed for insertion into the rectum or vagina where it melts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Suppository (Med) A pill or bolus for introduction into the rectum; esp., a cylinder or cone of medicated cacao butter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suppository In medicine: A medicinal substance in the form of a cone or cylinder, introduced into the rectum, vagina, or uterus, there to remain and dissolve gradually in order to procure certain specific effects.
    • n suppository A plug to hold back hemorrhoidal protrusions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Suppository (med.) a pill of any solid medicine in the form of a cone or cylinder intended for introduction into the rectum or other canal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. suppositorium, fr. L. suppositorius, that is placed underneath: cf. F. suppositoire,. See Supposition
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. supposer—L. supponĕre, -positumsub, under, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

For powdering his ears with quicksilver, and giving him suppositories of live eels, he is expert.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
To provoke urine with aniseed, daucus, asarum, &c., and stools, if need be, by clysters and suppositories.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
If this method fails, use a soap suppository.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
A simpler plan is to buy glycerin suppositories.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs
Therefore, the soluble suppository and the rubber pessary should be used in combination.
"Safe Marriage" by Ettie A. Rout
If your medicine dealer does not have these Suppositories in stock, mail 25 cents in stamps to Dr. R.V.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
A. McGill's Famous Female Suppositories Are a famous remedy for all female diseases.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Use one suppository in the rectum each evening for hemorrhoids.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Or instead of a glycerin enema, a glycerin suppository may be used.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
If this method fails, use a soap suppository.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis

In news:

Acacia as a suppository, and it turns out fermented acacia really does have a spermicidal effect.
Actavis on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its FeverAll acetaminophen suppositories to retail following the completion of updates to the company's manufacturing facility.
Phenergan taken as a pill, but preferably as suppository or injection, will prevent additional vomiting and dehydration.
It also produced a poultry-lice killer, a cure for mange, suppositories, a cream that was touted as promoting the building of muscles, a freckle remover and even embalming fluid.