from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medicine in the form of a small plug that is inserted into a bodily cavity, especially the rectum, vagina or urethra, where it melts at body temperature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pill or bolus for introduction into the rectum; esp., a cylinder or cone of medicated cacao butter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine: A medicinal substance in the form of a cone or cylinder, introduced into the rectum, vagina, or uterus, there to remain and dissolve gradually in order to procure certain specific effects.
- n. A plug to hold back hemorrhoidal protrusions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small plug of medication designed for insertion into the rectum or vagina where it melts
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English suppositorie, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin suppositorium, from Late Latin, neuter of suppositorius ("placed beneath"), from Latin supponere ("to put under") (Wiktionary)