Definition of spansule in US English:

spansule

noun

trademark
  • A capsule which when swallowed releases one or more medicinal drugs over a set period.

    • ‘The spansule can be opened and the contents placed onto food if the patient has trouble taking pills or capsules.’
    • ‘I could see various prescription bottles on her dressing table: spansules that woke her up and tablets that put her to sleep.’

Origin

1950s: blend of the noun span and capsule.

Pronunciation

spansule

/ˈspanso͞ol/