Definition of suppository in English:



  • A solid medical preparation in a roughly conical or cylindrical shape, designed to be inserted into the rectum or vagina to dissolve.

    • ‘Do not use other laxatives, enemas, or suppositories unless your doctor tells you to.’
    • ‘As the rectal suppositories melt, the medication soothes the inflamed area, providing symptomatic relief and promoting healing.’
    • ‘Lollipops, lotions, syrups, sprays and suppositories can also be developed instead of using the manufactured form.’
    • ‘They are available as tablets, capsules, liquids and suppositories (medication placed in the vagina or anus).’
    • ‘This medicine may be a cream or a suppository that you put into your vagina with a special applicator.’
    • ‘Postoperative pain relief may be further assisted with preoperative indomethacin suppositories.’
    • ‘There were ointments and vapours, and also suppositories and purgatives.’
    • ‘Injections, nasal sprays, wafers or suppositories (soft capsules that you insert into the vagina or anus) are other options.’
    • ‘People unable to swallow safely after a stroke can be given aspirin as a suppository.’
    • ‘A drug allergy was suspected and eventually traced to analgesic suppositories.’
    • ‘Oral fluids and antiemetic suppositories, if needed, should result in an uneventful recovery in about 36 hours.’
    • ‘Depending on the part of your body being scanned, your doctor may ask you to take laxatives, enemas or suppositories, or temporarily modify your diet further.’
    • ‘Paediatric anaesthetists often break paracetamol suppositories to achieve an approximate dose for children of different ages and weights.’
    • ‘Rather than treating yourself with over-the-counter yeast creams or suppositories, it is best to see your doctor for an exam.’
    • ‘In an attempt to better manage pain immediately after surgery, some staff requested orders for around-the-clock, regular doses of acetaminophen suppositories.’
    • ‘Patients who do not respond to other interventions may have to use other mild laxatives, suppositories and enemas and their use may become inevitable in the later stages of the disease.’
    • ‘Topical creams may be better than suppositories because of ease and accuracy of medication placement.’
    • ‘If the suppository is too soft to insert, chill the suppository in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or run cold water over it before removing the foil wrapper.’
    • ‘We undertook separate analyses of micronised oral progesterone and progesterone pessaries or suppositories versus placebo.’
    • ‘It is available in liquid drops, oral liquid (by mouth), chewable tablets, and rectal suppositories.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin suppositorium, neuter (used as a noun) of late Latin suppositorius placed underneath.