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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).

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