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n. pl. e·lec·tu·ar·ies
A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration.

[Middle English electuarie, from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably alteration of Greek ekleikton, from ekleikhein, to lick up : ek-, out; see eghs in Indo-European roots + leikhein, to lick; see leigh- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -aries
(Medicine) archaic a paste taken orally, containing a drug mixed with syrup or honey
[C14: from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, probably from Greek ēkleikton electuary, from ekleikhein to lick out, from leikhein to lick]


(ɪˈlɛk tʃuˌɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
confection (def. 6).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin elect(u)ārium a medicinal lozenge, alter. of Greek ekleiktón lozenge, neuter v. adj. of ekleíchein to lick up]


a preparation consisting of pulverized medication mixed with honey.
See also: Drugs
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The company was created in 1668 by German apothecary Friedrich Jacob Merck, who bought Angel Pharmacy, or Engel Apotheke, to hawk his herbs, lozenges and electuaries.
From electuaries to enteric coating: a brief history of dosage forms.
These were often prepared as electuaries, soft substances designed to be licked in the same way that nougats are.