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Pronunciation: ek-sip'e-ent

Definition: A more or less inert substance added in a prescription as a diluent or vehicle or to give form or consistency when the remedy is given in pill form; simple syrup, vegetable gums, aromatic powder, honey, and various elixirs.

[L. excipiens; pres. p. of ex- cipio, to take out]

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