lozenge

A lozenge is a kind of medicated candy that soothes your sore throat. If you've got a dry cough, you should drink some water and try sucking on a lozenge.

You might call a lozenge a "cough drop" or "pastille." Some have ingredients that ease the scratchy throat that causes coughing, and others are meant to relieve the discomfort of a sore throat. The word lozenge can also refer to a diamond shape. The tile on your bathroom floor might be a pattern of blue and white lozenges. Throat lozenges were originally diamond-shaped, hence the name.

Definitions of lozenge
  1. noun
    a small aromatic or medicated candy
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    cachou
    a scented lozenge used to sweeten the breath (e.g. to conceal the odor of tobacco)
    cough drop, pastil, pastille, troche
    a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat
    type of:
    candy, confect
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
  2. noun
    a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
    synonyms: pill, tab, tablet
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    bolus
    a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine
    capsule
    a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
    dragee
    pill that is a sugar-coated medicated candy
    sleeping capsule, sleeping draught, sleeping pill, sleeping tablet
    a soporific drug in the form of a pill (or tablet or capsule)
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    dosage, dose
    a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  3. noun
    a parallelogram with four equal sides; an oblique-angled equilateral parallelogram
    synonyms: diamond, rhomb, rhombus
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    parallelogram
    a quadrilateral whose opposite sides are both parallel and equal in length
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