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An inert substance used as a diluent or vehicle for a drug.

[Latin excipiēns, excipient-, present participle of excipere, to take out, exclude; see except.]


(Pharmacology) a substance, such as sugar or gum, used to prepare a drug or drugs in a form suitable for administration
[C18: from Latin excipiēns excepting, from excipere to except]


(ɪkˈsɪp i ənt)

any pharmacologically inert substance used for combining with a drug for the desired bulk, consistency, etc.
[1745–55; < Latin excipient-, s. of excipiēns, present participle of excipere to receive, absorb, literally, to take out; see except1]


- An inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug; it is also the material or surface that receives the pigments in painting.
See also related terms for pigments.


n excipiente m
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