Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ingredient that is intentionally added to a drug for purposes other than the therapeutic or diagnostic effect at the intended dosage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Taking an exception.
  • n. An exceptor.
  • n. An inert or slightly active substance used in preparing remedies as a vehicle or medium of administration for the medicinal agents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Taking exception; objecting.
  • n. One who excepts. [Rare or obsolete.]
  • n. In medicine, an inert or slightly active substance, as conserve of roses, sugar, jelly, etc., employed as the medium or vehicle for the administration of an active medicine.

Etymologies

Latin excipiēns, excipient-, present participle of excipere, to take out, exclude; see except.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • During the third quarter, DURECT and King signed an exclusive long term excipient supply agreement with respect to REMOXY.

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  • (ORADUR®-ADHD) and a long term excipient supply agreement with King Pharmaceuticals with respect to REMOXY, "stated James E.

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  • Only medicines in the group "excipient" which are normally registered in a special inventory, such as, the "vidal", would contain as many ingredients.

    Chapter 12

  • Pharmaceutical grade lactose is employed as a pharmaceutical excipient.

    Lactose Is a Booming Market

  • French company Roquette has been awarded a US patent for a dissolve-in-the-mouth drug delivery technology that makes use of its novel Starlac excipient.

    Lactose and Medications

  • The US patent, awarded to Roquette earlier this month, covers a solid dose form based on lactose and starch, the constituents of Starlac excipient, alongside one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

    Lactose and Medications

  • Use of the excipient could allow the creation of tablets that are hard and resistant to damage during handling, yet still disintegrate quickly in saliva after dosing.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • "Starlac is preferred for ODT and chewable formulas where palatability is a 'must'," he said, adding that the excipient provides a creamy mouthfeel that mannitol doesn't provide.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • So, at this point, we see that the vaccine contains: Allantoin and its breakdown products; various egg proteins; gentamicin, an antibiotic; formaldehyde; resin, and tri butylphosphate, as well as polysorbate 80, which is used as an excipient in formulating tablets.

    Influenza shots? No thank you!

  • ****** It's also not rocket science to see that those hundreds of thousands of antigens are processed via the Waldeyer's ring, without the addition of excipient.

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