n. a medicinal preparation in solid form suitable for insertion into the rectum or vagina. Rectal suppositories may contain simple lubricants (e.g. glycerin); drugs that act locally in the rectum or anus (e.g. corticosteroids, local anaesthetics); or drugs that are absorbed and act at other sites (e.g. analgesics, such as diclofenac). Vaginal suppositories are used in the treatment of some gynaecological disorders (see pessary).
Subjects: Medicine and Health.