a small piece of medicated substance, usually conical, ovoid, or cylindrical, introduced into a body passage, as the rectum or vagina, where body heat causes it to melt
Origin of suppositoryMiddle English suppositorie from Medieval Latin suppositorium from neuter of Classical Latin suppositorius, placed underneath from suppositus: see supposition
A small plug of medication designed to melt at body temperature within a body cavity other than the mouth, especially the rectum or vagina. Also called bougie .
Origin of suppositoryMiddle English from Old French suppositorie from Medieval Latin suppositōrium from Late Latin neuter of suppositōrius placed under from Latin suppositus past participle of suppōnere to put under ; see suppose .