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 supposit&omacron;rium, from Late Latin, neuter of supposit&omacron;rius, placed under, from Latin suppositus, past participle of supp&omacron;nere, to put under; see suppose.