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pellet

Pronunciation: pel'et

Definition:

  1. A pilule, or very small pill.
  2. A small rod-shaped or ovoid dosage form that is sterile and is composed essentially of pure steroid hormones in compressed form, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues; serves as a depot providing for the slow release of the hormone over an extended period of time.

[Fr. pelote; L. pila, a ball]

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